Hubby and I are taking our first trip to Maui in March. I'm not a great swimmer, but have done open-water triathlon swims twice (in lakes, about 9 years ago) and swim laps at a local pool once or twice a week. I've snorkeled off boats and a little ways off shore in Jamaica and Cozumel in the past few years.
I'd really like to improve my swimming so that I can enjoy snorkeling more and feel more comfortable being in deep water when snorkeling off the beach. I'll probably be pretty much on my own as hubby doesn't swim or snorkel (he has a deep fear of water).
I'm wondering if any of you snorkel experts could suggest ways to train over the next 6 months so I can get stronger. I don't live near the coast, so ocean swims aren't an option. Also, I'd love some advice on how to know when it's time to head to shore and how to judge ocean conditions to know if it's safe to go out.
We'll be staying at Napili Point, if that helps at all, and I'd love to snorkel there and at Kapalua and anywhere else you all recommend.