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Old 11-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Snorkeling with 5 y/o

I want to take my 5 y/o DD snorkeling at Castaway Cay and was wondering how deep the water is? She did very well learning to swim at the pool all summer, but it has been several months since we've been able to swim. I'd love to hear anyone else's experiences of snorkeling with kids.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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It won't matter if she's wearing a life vest. Bring along a good sturdy life jacket and she will be able to snorkel for hours (if the water's warm enough, which is a crap shoot on CC). I've taken 3 & 4 yr olds snorkeling (not at CC) and they loved it, even though they were not good swimmers yet. Lots of people will also snorkel with a noodle if they aren't strong swimmers, but def. have her wear a life jacket.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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The snorkeling area is big and it is a long way out to the good snorkeling area. Most of it is deep. There are a few ares where you can touch the bottom. I took my daughter when she was about 5 and she was a very good swimmer and she had to ride on my back on the way back in. Everyone must wear a snorkel vest. If your bring your own mask and snorkel Disney will provide a vest at no charge.

** I thought of this after we snorkeled and I don't know if Disney would let you or not but it would be easier if your daughter could wear one of the lifesaver jackets ( also free on Castaway) because the snorkel vest ride up and are uncomfortable. Has anyone tried this and know if it's OK?

Also don't have her wear the fins to much of a pain.

Here is a picture from Google of the snorkel vest:

http://www.google.com/imgres?start=2...92,s:200,i:280

I think?? they have life jackets similar to these for kids that don't swim well:

http://www.google.com/imgres?start=2...:19,s:300,i:61

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
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My 4 year old was snorkling with us in Maui a lot last year. I think the most important thing for her was making sure her mask fit her. She is very comfortable in the water, and loves swimming, so the swimming portion was fine for her. We had a hard time getting a mask to work on her though, they just weren't quite right and she had to continually adjust it. So I'd just make sure you can get a good mask.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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My 4 year old was snorkling with us in Maui a lot last year. I think the most important thing for her was making sure her mask fit her. She is very comfortable in the water, and loves swimming, so the swimming portion was fine for her. We had a hard time getting a mask to work on her though, they just weren't quite right and she had to continually adjust it. So I'd just make sure you can get a good mask.
I remember now that you said this: my DD did not even use the mask or snorkel we bought goggles like this (from Target) they fit and did not leak.She did not like the snorkel or fins.

Here is what we bought
http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Sphere-Se...332556&sr=1-11
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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You cannot snorkel in the family area without a snorkel vest, so she will have to wear one. When we went, my then 7 year old did fine. If he got tired, we would just stop and float for a bit. Like a previous poster said, you can take a noodle or floaty out with you too.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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No Noodles

You can't bring flotation noodles. Here is the info from Disney's site

Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) and flotation sewn into the bathing suit for safety. However, recreational floating devices such as floats, rafts and fun noodles cannot be brought on board and are not permitted in the pools or on Castaway Cay.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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The only thing I would say about snorkeling at CC is that snorkeling from a beach is a little different than from a boat and that may cause issues with a little one. There is quite a bit of swimming required to get out to the better snorkeling areas in the bay.

I've snorkeled with my 7yo at CC and once he was used to it his vest worked fine. We swam together and I'd hold his hand and we went all over the bay and saw many sites and had a great time. The vest kept him afloat and basically I did all the kicking for movement. Looking over at him with eyes wide open taking in a new adventure was priceless.

It took some time for him to get used to it but once he did we were good. Take your time and let your 5yo get comfortable and I think you can do it.
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we've been using a snorkel raft for our dd since she was two. This is a link to something similar to what we have:

http://www.isnorkel.com/product/4034...norkeling-raft

We've taken her literally dozens of times all over the caribbean. I'm a bit bothered that we wouldn't be able to use it at CC. She's certainly much safer and happier up on her raft (also wearing a life jacket) than she is in the water with or without a mask.

So, everyone who snorkels at CC has to wear a vest? or is it just in a certain area. I don't like wearing one at all because they keep you afloat which prevents you from diving down to get a closer look at things.
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So, everyone who snorkels at CC has to wear a vest? or is it just in a certain area. I don't like wearing one at all because they keep you afloat which prevents you from diving down to get a closer look at things.
Yes, everyone has to wear a snorkel vest at the family beach. Lifeguards won't let you snorkel without one. You don't have to inflate them though.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:01 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info!

I figured she would need to wear a vest and if they are provided there I would definitely prefer to just get one there even if I do have to pay for it.

Speaking of goggles... I didn't think about it til now, but DD has a pretty hefty prescription in her glasses, so we got her prescription goggles for the swimming pool this summer. I don't think she will enjoy the snorkeling much unless she's able to wear them. It doesn't sound like it'll be a problem to bring her own goggles though.
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Yes, everyone has to wear a snorkel vest at the family beach. Lifeguards won't let you snorkel without one. You don't have to inflate them though.
ok. so what are the other snorkling options besides the family beach?
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we've been using a snorkel raft for our dd since she was two. This is a link to something similar to what we have:

We've taken her literally dozens of times all over the caribbean. I'm a bit bothered that we wouldn't be able to use it at CC. She's certainly much safer and happier up on her raft (also wearing a life jacket) than she is in the water with or without a mask.

So, everyone who snorkels at CC has to wear a vest? or is it just in a certain area. I don't like wearing one at all because they keep you afloat which prevents you from diving down to get a closer look at things.

This looks awesome!! Perfect for a 5 year old. Thanks so much for sharing this!!
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Yes. You can bring your mask fins snorkel and vest if you prefer. The vest DCL provides are free. They are literally all over the place. The reason they require them is for visibility, so the lifeguards can see you. I tried using my dive bc once and got into a conversation with 1 of the lifeguards on the beach.
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