You may remember a few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I was looking forward to testing my snorkeling kits from Simply Scuba during our holiday in Cyprus. Well that holiday came around pretty quickly, and with glorious weather and a snorkelling lesson beforehand, we have had some great sea fun over the last week or so.
Both Joe and myself are novices when it comes to snorkelling, but the scuba and snorkelling kits from Simply Scuba are both comprehensive and easy to use. They come stored in carry bags that keeps them safe and secure in your luggage, and mean that they don’t take up a lot of room in your case. In addition to this they are very easy to use – the flippers are adjustable to fit most foot sizes, and then mask and snorkel are easy to adjust and attach, so it is really just a matter of putting the equipment on and having fun.
Before we took the equipment to the beach, Joe practiced in the hotel pool, really just getting used to the breathing equipment – many novices to snorkelling keep bringing their head out of the water in order to breathe, a really common practice, and this proved to be the case with Joe, so we got some expert advice from a scuba diving company who offered lessons in the pool. Joe loved the lesson and become much more comfortable breathing with his face in the water.
We got advice about the best places to snorkel in Paphos, because there are very few good beaches in this part of Cyprus. They advised against the Lido in the harbour, known as the municipal pool, as this can have strong undercurrents that can be dangerous. In addition, they said that they refrain from taking children under 12 out to sea, so suggested we try the safe beach at Faros where we could stay in relatively shallow waters and therefore enjoy our kits in safety and security.
Faros beach (also known as Lighthouse beach) has a great jetty where you can go a little bit further out to sea, but use the steps to descend safely. This was ideal for both me and Joe as it was a little deeper, but not too deep, and the sea was quite calm. Unfortunately, there were creatures to be seen and Joe was stung by a jellyfish as he got into slightly deeper water, resulting in quite a bit of pain, but overwise, this was a perfect place, with a mixture of clear waters and small fish and plant life.
We loved our first experience of water sports and will definitely be indulging in a little more water fun very soon.