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Snorkelling With… Genine Keogh, Snorkel Wild, Berwickshire, South East Scotland



In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run snorkel centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the snorkelling they have to offer…

What is your name? Genine Keogh.

What is the name of your business? Snorkel Wild.

What is your role within the business?

I founded the business. I’m an instructor and guide.

How long has the business operated for?

Just a couple of months. I started piloting the snorkel teaching and guiding in September 2020 so just a few months ago to gauge interest in running. This was on the back of the self-led snorkel trails developed and promoted by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in association with the local voluntary marine reserve – Berwickshire Marine Reserve. There was a lot of interest in snorkelling in this area and I was guiding people voluntarily.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Self led Snorkel Trails –

How long have you snorkelled for, and what do you enjoy most about it?

About 3 years. I discovered UK snorkelling when I moved to the coast in North East England. Before that I’d snorkelled abroad occasionally. I’ve scuba dived for 8 years and took up UK diving in 2014, but hadn’t really thought about snorkelling.

Snorkelling allows me to explore a hidden world that nobody else is experiencing at that time or place – it’s an adventure. I enjoy the feeling of floating with my face and ears immersed, disconnected from the outside world – it allows me to switch off as it’s very mindful & relaxing. Every time I snorkel I see or experience something different, whether it’s a sea creature or a new sensation from the movement of water. I love how snorkelling is so accessible. There isn’t the planning or heavy kit needed as with scuba diving, I often see as much marine life.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit what would it be?

I think people would be surprised at how beautiful and clear the North Sea can be. Snorkelling is an activity often associated with the warm tropical waters, but put your head beneath the surface of the North Sea in the Summer months you see as much marine life as you can in the Mediterranean!

What is your favourite snorkel spot and why?

I have so many! If I had to choose one of my favourite’s it would have to be Weasel Loch, within the marine reserve in Eyemouth. I love the variation of habitats here. There are lots of boulders in the shallows as you enter, a deeper sandy channel down the centre, kelp forests and vertical walls down either side full of cracks and crevices. The variety of habitats brings with it a diverse range of marine life. On a sunny, calm day the light can be incredible too. In the warmer months many jellyfish get washed into this site, so it’s a haven for those that love jellyfish – like me! It’s a great site and if the tides are right you can swim out of Weasel Loch around to another great site for snorkelling – Killidraughts Bay.

What is the main focus of your snorkelling trips? i.e. photography, training, marine life etc. My main focus is on introducing people to snorkelling and teaching beginners – this could be people of all ages or levels who’ve never had any experience or even been in the UK sea before. I like to build people’s confidence, remove any preconceived ideas of the North Sea or any fears, whilst also ensuring people learn something about the marine environment and the marine life that live in the UK.

I also offer guided snorkelling for those that have some experience or have snorkelled abroad, who want to explore a new place or try UK snorkelling, Guided snorkelling allows them to have the comfort of a guide that knows the area.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role? I’d have to say the reaction of awe from people when they realise how incredibly beautiful it can be. It’s so rewarding for me when people get excited at spotting a flat fish or a crab for the first time and point it out to me – both children and adults! It’s great to see any initial fears of putting on a mask, breathing through a snorkel, the cold water and the movement of the water are all alleviated the moment they relax into the feeling of floating over and through an underwater jungle and can focus on exploring.

What is your favourite underwater creature?

Not everyone’s favourite – but I’d have to say jellyfish. I find them mesmerising, they are simplistic and I enjoy watching the movements and shapes they make in the water, especially beautiful if the light catches them. I enjoy floating beside them and feel like I’m dancing with jellyfish in a Jellyfish Disco – Spongebob squarepants reference (Jellyfish Disco)

As a centre what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

I’ve not encountered any problems so far. Planning to run snorkelling in a limited area with unpredictable sea conditions can be a challenge. We are dependent on good calm seas, especially for running beginners’ sessions.

Is your centre involved in any environment work?

We work within the Berwickshire Marine Reserve which is a voluntary marine reserve run by the community to protect and promote responsible use of an area of coastal water. We abide by the marine reserves’ code of conduct and don’t ever touch or take any marine life. We are hoping to involve their volunteer marine rangers in the future.

As a future idea I’m also looking at how we could conduct underwater surveys to capture marine life data for Seasearch, a national charity that submits the data to national databases, used by scientists and researchers across the UK to understand the state of the seas in the UK. When we can we pick up any litter we can carry whilst snorkelling. As with the marine life surveys this is something we can do more formally and capture and submit through marine litter surveying too.

Are there any exciting changes / development coming up in the near future?

I have lots of ideas for the long term. As I’ve not long started up my main focus is on preparing for starting up full time next year, which is exciting in itself. I’m also looking at how I could offer snorkelling to the local community and other groups such as disadvantaged children and adults giving them the opportunity to have a go. I’m investigating funding opportunities to be able to get assistance and perhaps provide subsidised sessions.

How do you see the Snorkelling / Freediving / SCUBA industry overall? What changes would you make?

I can only share my thoughts from my own personal experience and the organisations I know, that the industry despite the difficulties it has been through and continues to go through is doing ok. I’ve seen an increase in the promotion of freediving and snorkelling in the UK, but I guess only time can tell. When we had the freedom to travel during those few months in the Summer, it was great to see more people seeking experiences in the UK and hearing the ad hoc reports about people becoming closer to nature – it can only be positive. I hope that people now feel better connected to the UK and when we get back the freedom to travel, people realise they don’t have to travel far to experience something wonderful in their own country.

I feel that some operators and guides still need to improve their attitude and conduct to protect the marine environment and marine life. If we employ people that have a positive attitude and conduct toward the sea this is then reflected well into their customers. I’d like to see operators and guides all actively promoting codes of conduct and the importance of caring for the sea. We all need to run a business, but if we don’t look after the environment that has allowed us to run our business in the first place, nobody can enjoy it.

Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the snorkelling you have to offer?

Snorkelling is an activity that anyone can have a go at. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer and you can stay on the surface floating. I keep sessions small and personal, either run as one-to-one sessions or small groups of friends and family. Each group is taught according to their experience and needs. I’m a patient and calm instructor, ensuring everyone in the group is comfortable and safe before progressing to anything a bit more challenging. I’d like to know that everyone has walked away having had a great experience, has learnt something new and has an appreciation for the beauty of the underwater world of the North Sea.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Our website has all the basic information on

For any more information you can email me You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram at @snorkelwilduk, where you can see some of the photos and videos of the snorkelling sessions we have done so far. 

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The Suit Ocean Team leads the Ultimate Curacao Snorkeling Adventure



By Bryan Horne
Snorkeling and scuba diving in Curacao is a dream for anyone who loves the combination of amazing beaches and the mind blowing biodiversity that exists along 104 square kilometers of its fringing coral reefs. So if you are interested in the ultimate Caribbean snorkeling adventure then keep reading as The Suit Ocean Team takes you on a one hundred kilometer snorkeling tour of Curacao’s southern shoreline.

As passionate residents of our Dutch Caribbean Island, we must congratulate The Suit Ocean Team for creating more awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful fringing reef systems in Curacao.

The film, Curacao Underwater Kunuku (Kunuku is Papiamento for Garden), not only documents this ultimate snorkeling adventure showing you how easy it is for everyone to access and enjoy a snorkel or diving experience, but it also showcases the interaction between man and nature, highlighting the beauty of underwater life while promoting conservation, preservation and the need to protect these vital habitats.

These are the key ingredients to this beautiful short film documentary. Watch NOW and please enjoy our “CURACAO UNDERWATER KUNUKU”.

This film, produced by the Lawrence Mensa Foundation (LMF), is also available in multiple languages including: Spanish, Papiamentu, Dutch, Portuguese and German.

Images courtesy of The Suit Ocean Team
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8 Unique Places to Go Snorkeling in Europe



Snorkeling in Europe brings to mind golden sands dotted with beach umbrellas, clear waters, and rocky landscapes busy with Mediterranean fish life. Europe offers all of that, but it also offers so much more for snorkelers. Among Europe’s diverse countries, you can find impossibly bright blue lagoons, idyllic islands, and pristine marine reserves that host thousands of sea turtles and playful seals. You can snorkel over a sunken Roman city and explore one of the world’s premier marine megafauna hotspots. Ready for a summer vacation? Get inspired with our round-up of 8 unique places to go snorkeling in Europe.

Comino, Malta

Sitting between the islands of Malta and Gozo, Comino Island is a paradise for snorkelers and divers alike. This tiny island hosts the brightest blue waters in the Maltese Islands and offers fantastic snorkeling among sheltered inlets and caves busy with diverse marine life.

Comino is best-known for hosting the Blue Lagoon; a bucket-list destination with crystal-clear waters and striking rocky landscapes. It is the perfect place to go snorkeling, take a hike, or simply marvel at the gorgeous scenery.

Medes Islands, Spain.

With over 500 dive sites and seaside destinations all along its coastline, Spain draws tourists from around the world. This vibrant country is one of Europe’s top vacation spots.

The Costa Brava in northeastern Spain is home to some of the most famous snorkeling spots in the country, one of which is the Medes Islands. This small archipelago of seven islets off L’Estartit is one of the best marine reserves in all of the Mediterranean.

Fishing was banned at the Medes Islands over 30 years ago, which has allowed marine life to flourish there. Seagrass meadows and rocky areas busy with fish await. A visit to this exceptional marine ecosystem is a must if you are visiting Spain.

Zakynthos, Greece.

If you love sea turtles, Greece should be top of your list of places to go snorkeling in Europe.

Zakynthos is home to Marathonisi Island, also known as ‘Turtle Island’. This small island sits within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and is a vital breeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles. The National Marine Park of Zakynthos was created in 1999 to protect these turtles, plus rare Mediterranean monk seals, which give birth to their young in Zakynthos’s secluded caves.

Marathonisi, nearby Cameo Island, and Zakynthos, are the top places in Europe to swim with turtles. In the summer months, thousands of loggerhead turtles visit the area to lay their eggs and you can go snorkeling with them.

Lundy Island, United Kingdom.

Snorkeling with seals is bound to leave a smile on your face. These cheeky animals are known for getting up close to snorkelers, checking them out, and occasionally nibbling fins.

Lundy Island is one of the best places to go snorkeling with seals in Europe. This island sits just 12 miles off the coast of Devon and hosts a breeding colony of Atlantic grey seals. The seals can be found playing in the surf and lounging in the sunshine at various points around the island.

Grab your snorkeling kit and dive in. Below the water, you will find shallow sunlit kelp forests, a variety of reefs, sea caves, and pinnacles. Lundy is a popular place for diving, but you will see plenty of marine life from the surface, including bright cup corals, anemones, fish, and hopefully seals.

Sunken City of Baiae, Italy

Not every great snorkeling experience is about marine life. In Italy, you can snorkel over ancient Roman ruins.

Two thousand years ago, Baiae was the destination for rich Romans to escape the city and relax by the seaside. Countless emperors and merchants flocked to Baiae’s shores every year, until tectonic activity forced this thriving city underwater.

Today, Baiae is an intact underwater city and one of the top highlights of snorkeling and diving in Italy. Observing these ruins is a breath-taking experience that brings history to life. There are Roman statues, a thermal spa, paved roads, and pillars dating back to the 1st century BC.

Corsica, France

Corsica is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and shallow bays perfect for snorkeling with your kids.

This gorgeous island in the Mediterranean Sea boasts dramatic cliffs and white-sand beaches that hosts a wealth of accessible snorkeling spots. There are rich seagrass beds and rocky landscapes, plus small hidden coves dotted around the island. All of which host a diverse array of marine life, including huge schools of fish, octopi, moray eels, and starfish.

Corsica’s calm waters make it ideal not just for kids, but also for beginner snorkelers and those who want an easy time in the water. With water temperatures reaching up to 26 °C, plus water visibility of up to 30 meters, Corsica ticks the boxes for a laidback beach and snorkeling vacation.

Traun River, Austria

You might not think of Austria for snorkeling, but this land of iconic mountains and lush green landscapes has pristine lakes that attract divers and snorkelers every year. Away from the lakes, you can go snorkeling in spring-fed rivers that gleam in the sunshine.

Forget about floating on the surface when you go river snorkeling. At the Traun River in Upper Austria, river snorkeling involves rock jumping, canyoning, and some relaxed floating downstream. Along the way, you can explore interesting rock formations, underwater caves, and a waterfall, and meet freshwater fish life. This is also an excellent spot to go drift diving.

The Azores, Portugal

Sitting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by endless blue waters, the Azores is a mecca for marine megafauna.

These famous islands host a remarkable amount of marine life, including more than 27 whale and dolphin species, mobula rays, and sharks. Snorkeling at the Azores is a great way to experience this wealth of life. You can swim with dolphins and snorkel among dozens of mobula rays and big pelagic fish.

And if you have a scuba certification, you can also go diving with mako and blue sharks. With water visibility reaching up to 60 meters, the Azores is incredible whichever way you choose to explore.

Kathryn Curzon, a conservationist and dive travel writer for SSI (Scuba Schools International), wrote this article.

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