It is a place that diving enthusiasts travel from near and far to experience and it just so happens to be right in our backyard! Phil Foster Memorial Park Snorkel Trail is one of the most famous diving reefs in Florida and features two bridges thriving with life, shipwrecks, and even some underwater sculptures! Starfish, schools of colorful tropical fish, sea horses, and manatees are some of the creatures that can be seen while snorkeling the trail. When i was there last, i had the pleasure of seeing a spotted eagle ray flying swiftly through the water and then disappearing into the darkness under the fishing bridge. It was one of the largest eagle rays i had ever seen in person, with a wingspan well over 3 feet across. To help protect these animals and this environment for years to come, there are some things we must do when snorkeling and diving to ensure its conservation. These tips are very important, not only at Phil Foster Park, but everywhere!
- Tides: One of the most important things to be aware of while snorkeling and diving is changes in tide. Tides greatly affect visibility and current and can make it difficult for even the most experienced to see and swim. The best time to snorkel is within 2 hours before and up to the slack tide.
- Choose a Buddy: Like they say never to surf alone, the same applies to snorkeling! Conditions can change quickly, especially in Florida and accidents happen. This can make it dangerous when snorkeling or diving alone. Plus it is more fun to experience the trail with others!
- Do your Homework: For a safe and fun snorkeling adventure, you should always!…
- Apply Sunscreen: Always wear sunscreen, especially on your back!
- Research: Knowing what you’re going in to will make snorkeling or diving more enjoyable. Learn about the fish coral reefs, and ecosystems before your trip.
- Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is always okay to ask about conditions, visibility, or anything else!
- Stay in Control: Be in control of your fins and buoyancy as kicking up sediment or reefs can decrease visibility and hurt the coral. Controlling buoyancy can help avoid disturbing the bottom.
- Observe: Observe the natural habitats instead of trying to stimulate them to entertain yourself. Never touch, just observe!
- Do Not Step: Try not to step unless you are on a sandy bottom and even then, be careful!
- HAVE FUN!!!
Learn more about Lake Worth Lagoon at www.LWLI.com or to schedule a Snorkel Tour at Singer Island Outdoor Center, visit us at http://singerislandoutdoorcenter.com/snorkeling/snorkeling-tours/