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    Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 8:36am
Hi there,
We are planning to visit Corfu for the first time at the end of July, really looking forward to it. Whilst there we would love to do some snorkelling, but not diving. The question is, can we hire equipment or should we bring it with us? Also, any recommendations for good locations would be appreciated - we are staying Kassiopi but will have a car when we are there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 9:49am
The coves and bays around Kassiopi are ideal for snorkeling (Kerasia, Kaoloura, Kalami to the right not so familiar the other direction) You could hire a small boat & explore. You will be able to purchase equipment in the tourist shops or if you are looking for a better standard there is a dive shop in Kassiopi. You will probably have a better choice in a dive shop or good sports shop in the UK. Are you anywhere near a branch of Decathlon?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 11:44am
I know it sounds pretty obvious but exact fit is vital for a facemask otherwise it will leak and ruin the experience. As Sue says you will be better of with a dive  shop in UK. I am not sure how much choice there is in the shop in Kassiopi  and I would not advise beach shop kits as they are usually packaged and cannot be tried. You need to hold the mask to your face and breathe in slightly through your nose-do not put the strap on--take your hand from the mask and it should stay put on your face--if not then try another one.

Snorkelling along the East Coast is great as it is mainly pebble beaches making the water crystal clear.

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PS. If you are experienced then I apologise for trying to teach you how to suck eggs. Have a great time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 12:32pm
Sue - thank you very much for your thoughts and suggestions.  We will look forward to this in Corfu and it looks like a visit to Decathlon (several shops near us) is on the cards.

Denjo - thank you very much for your reply. We are novices at this so your recommendations and advice are invaluable - especially the one about fitting the mask.

Between you, you have helped us a great deal. The only drawback is that I am now getting more impatient about getting out there and we still have another 3 weeks to wait!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 12:42pm
I would second Denjo and Sue's comments regarding the east coast - any of the many bays between Kassiopi and Nissaki are excellent for snorkelling (although Avlaki can be a little exposed, and so choppy, in the afternoons).

If you hire a boat, there are some really isolated bays inaccessible by road, between Avlaki and the San Stephanos headland (this has a coast guard lookout station on top which used to be a windmill, so is fairly obvious). Note, however, that the sea north of this headland can get quite choppy in the afternoons as the NW winds pick up.

As always when snorkelling, keep you eyes and ears open for boats (a marker buoy can be useful, but is not essential.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 12:51pm
Thank you for your reply MartynG. This is a brilliant forum and has already been a huge help to us.
Your comment on a marker buoy sounds like a great idea and is something that I will get when we get our equipment together.
Many thanks, Raphael & Sally
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 1:34pm
Always happy to help. Fins are not essential but they make things much easier and you conserve energy. A tip I was given to put on full foot fins is to fold the rear of the rubber heel under the rear of the sole and then it is easier to slide your foot into the foot pocket-then pull the rear of the heel back over your own heel-most fins have a small rubber tag you can grasp between your thumb and forefinger.
There are loads of tips and info about snorkelling on Youtube and Simplyscuba website.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 1:45pm
Denis, What can I say, another invaluable tip - thank you very much! This kind of information can literally save hours of frustration.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 4:50pm
Final comment, I promise, before I start to bore everyone. Unless you have a particular reason I would not rule out the idea of diving altogether. I believe the Kassiopi house reef which is off Bataria beach is pretty good for try-divers. Calm and sheltered easy bottom and stuff to see. Have not done it myself but hope to when we go to Kalami in August. Enquire at the shop, which is just down from the bus stop in Kassiopi or you will see the divers down at the beach most days.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2015 at 5:04pm
Hi Denis, thank you for your additional thoughts - they are always welcome. I shall indeed, also keep an open mind about diving and will see what the deal is when I am there.
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