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Boardsfilling is difficult, but an older Delray Beach
man (top sequence) gives it a try anyway. For others
(bottom) it is smooth sailing.
ide instruction. The
, Miami Beach, has
join its club and $8
d at 4655 N. Ocean
ives lessons at the
W 30-minute lesson
$15. Rental without
otels in Fort Lauder
dale, Miami Beach and Miami also rent boards and give
After mastering the basics, many boardsailers move on
to racing. Slalom courses offer head-to-head dashes, tack
ing and jibing between buoys. There is also distance rac
ing, freestyle competition, wave riding and jumping. The
possibilities seem endless for boardsailing, a sport that
can be enjoyed wherever there's wind and water. ($
Linda Robertson is the sports editor of The Daily Tar
o n o
riding Spring Break in
cation idea. Hundreds
m year. But they often
day and bar-hopping
hp beckons. The park
b dive in and do some-
e a coral reef and Pen-
its shallowness. Certi
lleys, but most of the
at depth, the colors of
to master. Basically it i
ithe at the same time.
p Bob Edeleback, gen-
inpany and dive shop.
ut then they go out on
in place, all breathing
kddle along on the sur-
through the snorkle,
ease swimming effici-
tomes from the fins
scissor kick from the
Edelebeck said. "It's
olina mountains. Take
nan you would racing
to come out from the
ar coral or a sparkling
of a staghorn forma-dive.
"Just do a jacknife dive," Edelebeck explained. "Bring your
arms and feet together, lower yourhead, raise your knees and
feet and the weight of your body plus kicking with your fins will
drive you down. It's very easy once you're in the water."
There are a few precautions to take while snorkeling. AH
divers stick to a "buddy system" and stay within sight of their
partner. The white and red diver's flag must be displayed on the
boat or on a buoy. A good practice is to wear cotton gloves or
avoid touching anything you are unsure of. Most corals are
harmless, but the bright orange fire coral causes a burning sensa
tion and skin redness for several hours after it is touched. Sharks
are a rarity on Pennekamp's reefs. Smaller barracudas hover
about the reefs, but they are just curious observers. Unless pred
ators are unduly irritated, they will not attack humans.
Dive shops in Miami and Key Largo go on trips throughout the
day and rent equipment. Mask, fins and snorkle can usually be
rented for $2 each and the boat fee for a half-day trip commonly
At the park itself, prices are somewhat cheaper. Snorkeling
tours run at 9 aim., noon and 3 p.m. everyday. The $14 fee in
cluds equipment and safety vest. The park also offers a day of
snorkeling from aboard a 32-foot trimaran sailboat for $28. On
the trips, rangers and instructors give brief lessons to novices.
Pennekamp is also blessed with excellent visibility, warm
water and calm seas.
"We've had a very mild winter and the water temperature has
not dipped much below 75 degrees," Edelebeck said. "By March
it should be in the low 80s."
Vacationing students can expect ideal conditions for an un
dersea excursion a little out of the ordinary compared to th
usual Spring Break routine. ($)
Linda Robertson is the sports editor for The Daily Tar Heel.
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