This snorkeling girl is just wearing her swimwear, and no appendages like a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, or the usual swimfins are on her in the photo. The title ‘snorkeling girl…” has been originally assigned to her by the author of this beautiful photo, may be because snorkeling is her pastime, or she is about to go snorkeling.
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water, such as the sea, ocean or a lake, equipped with equipments suitable for remaining underwater for observing underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. In cold waters, a wetsuit may also be worn.
In modern times, snorkeling has become a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resorts and scuba diving locations. Usually, the aim of the snorkeller is not doing anything of commercial nature, but the primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater ecology and marine ecology or marine habitats in their a natural settings without the complicated equipments and training required for scuba diving, and without the exhaled bubbles of scuba-diving equipment.
Snorkeling is also used by scuba divers on or just below water surface. Search and rescue teams on beaches frequented by tourists may snorkel as part of a water-based search. Enthusiasts of popular sports such as underwater hockey, underwater ice hockey, underwater rugby and spearfishing also use snorkel.
Snorkelers are most likely to be found in locations where there are minimal waves, warm water, and something particularly interesting to see near the surface. Shallow reefs which are 1 to 4 meters (3 to 12 feet) under sea level are favored by snorkelers. Deeper reefs need higher fitness and skill levels.
There are many variants of snorkeling such as bog snorkeling (popular in the United Kingdom and Australia), free-diving, scuba diving (needs a self contained portable breathing apparatus), spearfishing, underwater hockey, and underwater rugby.