Laguna Beach – known internationally as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With dolphins diving within view, sun caressing the sand and making the ocean sparkle, and perfect waves for surfing or boogie boarding, what’s not to love? The beauty is all encompassing, creating a burning desire to explore it more. The idea of snorkeling through such perfection was flawless. I imagined viewing colorful, tropical fish, coral, and new sea creatures. I grabbed my Promate snorkel gear and set out toward the water.
The Promate gear prepared me for adventure. The fins are durable and lightweight with an open heel design. The soft rubber foot pocket provides comfort and the easy to adjust strap has a release button. The Purge mask has a patented channeled skirt design that directs bubbles away from view and the buckles swivel and adjust. The snorkel has a patented upper valve that keeps water from entering the snorkel. When the dry snorkel is submerged in water, the patented hinged seal reacts to seal the snorkel, preventing water from entering. As you surface, the hinged seal swings open allowing air to enter. I was ready for hours of snorkeling with my patented gear and bubbling enthusiasm.
The water looked clear as I entered and it only took me a few seconds to submerge myself and get the fins on my feet. I pulled the mask over my eyes, put the snorkel in my mouth, looked around under water, and saw a massive stingray not far from a tiger shark. Now I’m fully aware that neither is man-eating and the chances of them coming near me were slim, but panic began to sink in! Didn’t Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, die from a stingray? Wasn’t there a recent shark attack in California? Didn’t the surfer girl from Hawaii loose her arm to a shark? After taking the time to put on my wet suit, my mask, my snorkel, and my fins, I spent a total of 30 seconds basking in the glorious sea before making my way out of the water as quickly as possible. I’ll stick to riding the boogie board above the water, assuming that nothing is lurking beneath. Maybe I’ll save the snorkel set for playing in the pool.
I never thought I would be the type of person to enjoy tanning on the beach rather than taking advantage of the possibilities of the ocean, but ignorance is bliss and I’m happy to continue believing that the only marine life that exists around me is tiny, “Finding Nemo” fish.