Author: Donn Cave (---.pool.cnw.net)
Date: 11-13-11 14:47
New to PR, but we've been to the Hawaiian Islands a couple times, and what they suggest there is to look for other people. If people are staying out of the water, then so should you. If you see snorkels all over the place, then it's probably the right spot. Don't worry if it looks crowded, it won't feel that way underwater.
The sea can kill you and it isn't to be taken lightly, major cause of accidental death, but with that in mind, I would just jump in and exercise reasonable caution. Get out if you get tired or cold. You may think you can stand the cold, but problem is that you lose mental acuity, which you need. You won't need anything for flotation, but it might be good to wear a t-shirt or something for sunburn. I get various stories about water temperature, but I'm bringing a thin wetsuit.
I might fit the description "barely swim at all." That's without snorkel and fins, though. If we were meant to swim ... we'd have fins!