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I've never gone snorkeling before and I wear contact lenses....can you keep them in while snorkeling? I'm extremely near-sighted and would not be able to see more than 18 inches in front of me w/o them...help!!!
Did it for years before Lasix, never had a problem, in fact even dove with them with no problem, unless of course you tend to be one of those who always loses them anyway. If you no problem on land or in the shower you will have no problem.
Thanks everybody! nNow I just have to decide if I want to buy gear before we get there or wait and rent it.
IMHO you would be better off buying a well fitting mask and snorkel before you go. (Renting fins is OK)
Why? With rental/loaner gear there are lots of adjustments to be made to get a good fit. Takes too much time. With your own mask from a reputable dive shop they will help you fit it and adjust it. This helps minimize leaks. With contacts leaks are even less fun than without.
As far as the snorkel issue all reputable rental shops rinse, or even soak their gear in buckets of disinfectant/cleaning solution, but who knows how many people have chewed on your shorkel. I used to get a cold or uppper respitory infection every time I used rental snorkels. A good snorkel is only $15 +/- so even if you don't buy a mask at least buy the snorkel.
My eye doc used to give me a few pairs of the daily disposable ones that I would wear when snorkeling. While I never lost them my regular ones were expensive and I didn't want to take the chance. Unfortunately for my DH, he couldn't wear the disposable ones and didn't want to risk losing one so I found a place online that had great prices on snorkel sets and for not a lot more I was able to get his prescription lenses put in. However, if you don't plan on using them a lot, try asking your eye doc for a freebie.
If you really like snorkeling, it might be worth buying a mask that can take corrected lenses and then your worries are over! I bought one a few years ago, and it's like having my glasses or contacts - I can see perfectly underwater with no concerns about a lens washing out if the mask gets dislodged.
I've done all sorts of water things with my contacts in. I wear the daily disposables and am sure to pack extras just in case, but knock on wood I've yet to lose one in the water. And remember, even if you get splashed without a mask on, it's not like fresh chlorinated water that makes your contacts and eyes all dry and sticky-feeling, it's salt water ... also known as saline solution!
Another contact wearer that dives and snorkels with them in. No losses in 15 years. However, the extra contacts do make sense. I've had contact lenses that were exposed to salt water and they stung a bit until I got them cleaned (I was splashing around on the beach without a mask on). Also remember that if you get a perscription lensed mask that you need to wear glasses or take your contacts in/out, going to the dive/snorkel site. You might look funny wearing your mask off the ship to the day boat.