You’d better watch out

Swell rolls in at Mahukona, Hawaii

This is where I often get in the water to go snorkeling and this photo illustrates why it’s a good idea to pay attention when getting in or out. The water looks pretty calm, but the whitewater near the top is an indicator of swells coming ashore. When those swells reach the ladder where swimmers get in and out, they can be steep and dangerous.

It’s easy to judge swells before getting in the water, but getting out is more tricky. Trying to gauge what’s happening from water level, it’s easy to misjudge the size and strength of an incoming swell. I wouldn’t have wanted to be getting out when this one rolled in!

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10 thoughts on “You’d better watch out

  1. kzmcb

    It doesn’t look too daunting in the shot, but with your description, I can see it’s a risky hobby. Great detail and interesting to see where those stunning underwater shots begin.

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    1. Graham Post author

      This swell wasn’t too bad but if someone had been by the ladder and hadn’t seen it coming, they could easily have been slammed against the wall.

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    1. Graham Post author

      The problem with snorkeling at sandy spots is that, if there’s any swell the water will be cloudy with sand. They’re also not great for seeing fish, which usually prefer coral and rocks.

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