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Entry Points

Entry point refers to places and locations the seatrekker(s) enter the water and commence a swimming, snorkeling or freediving section.

Typical entry points are beaches or any easily accessible portion of the coastline, preferably sheltered from wind, waves, current or depth to allow for a safe start.

A safe start entering point should the enable following, not limited to:

  • Entering the water safely, without physical risks (no jumping, no risk of slamming onto rocks, etc)
  • Confirming the equipment works properly (bag is floating as expected, etc)
  • Setting up and adjusting personal gear (mask, fins, bag leash etc)
  • Getting comfortable in the water, slowing breathing down and getting orientated
  • Waiting for others to enter the water and complete previous points for themselves
  • Providing a fast and easy exit if needed, for any reason

Things to Do

Before entering the water the following should be done, no matter how safe the Entry point is deemed to be.

Observe attentively the water for at least 5-10 minutes:

  • Look at the waves both from the shore and from a higher point to appreciate their force, height and pattern. In particular look for the waves that are higher and stronger than the normal ones and assess whether you can handle those as well. Once in the water you will not necessarily be able to avoid those so you need to be confident that you and your equipment can handle them.
  • Look for signs of submerged rocks or reefs and create a mental map of where they are. Once you enter the water you will likely not see them anymore until you are close to them. At that point the waves or the current could push you onto them and you may suffer cuts, wounds or concussion.
  • Look for signs of current. You should ensure that you fully appreciate whether there is, or is not, surface current at the entry point. Refer to Currents section for more details.

Listen and acknowledge your thoughts and emotions:

  • If the entry point is not ideal or worse than thought, if you are nervous or anxious, if you doubt your capacities or the plan: stop and pause. If you are traveling in group, discuss the matter with others until you feel confident. If you are alone, turn around and reconsider your plans.

Things to Avoid

The following Entry Points should be avoided:

  1. Harbour or marina: avoid starting in or near marinas or harbours both due to water pollution and nearby and passing boat traffic that may hit you.
  2. Jumping: avoid entry points where you need to jump due to difficulty or impossibility to exit immediately from there if needed, for example in case of equipment malfunction or any other situation.
  3. Cape or point: currents typically sweep around capes and points making it an unwise place to start there unless you know the area perfectly well.
trail_planning/entry_points.txt · Last modified: 2020/10/15 15:21 by