What is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is simply an awesome and fun way to explore the underwater environment even without having scuba gear and having to dive (it’s especially great for people who are afraid of diving and/or want to first try something much easier). Snorkeling will enable you to properly enjoy observing underwater life in all its glory, in a comfortable manner, on your own time.
What is required?
You have to know how to swim of course, that would be the obvious first requirement. The equipment is a lot smaller and lighter than what you would need for diving. You basically need 3 items: a mask, a snorkel and fins. These come in different shapes and sizes so you can easily find equipment that fits you perfectly and that you’ll be comfortable with. It would be wise to get a full face snorkeling mask that comes with the mask and snorkel included.
Who can go snorkeling?
Anyone can learn snorkeling, even kids supervised by adults. It is important to learn how to properly adjust your equipment, and follow simple guidelines for being in and around the water. There are several snorkeling techniques that include surface swimming, clearing the water from the snorkel, or checking buoyancy. These aren’t complicated and can be learned quickly by anyone.
Best snorkeling tips for beginners
- Wear your mask right: Make sure that the mask you purchase fits your face. While holding the snorkeling mask to your face, try breathing through the nose. If you notice the mask seals properly and stays in place without you having to hold it, you’re good to go. If air leaks into the mask, water will come in as well, and you definitely don’t want that.
- Fins shouldn’t be too tight: while the mask needs to fit to perfection, you don’t need your fins to be too tight. You want them to fit just fine, without giving you cramps. It’s a good idea to have slightly bigger fins than smaller ones.
- Defog: learning how to defog is another requirement for when you go snorkeling. There are several ways you can achieve this. You can buy defoging gels for your lenses, but another cool trick is to use crushed leaves. A single small drop of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo washed with ocean water will also help your mask defog.
- Practice breathing: Always practice breathing outside of the water first, especially if you are a beginner. Put the mask on and breathe through the snorkel. Don’t bite it, but simply rest your teeth on it, otherwise your jaw will begin to hurt quickly. Simply practice breathing so you get comfortable with breathing through the tube. Then attempt to do it under water. Practice in the classic floating face down position. You’ll begin to start seeing cool things underwater which will in turn help you focus and forget you’re actually breathing through a tube. It will quickly feel quite natural and not at all scary.
So if you are interested in snorkeling, try it today, you won’t regret it! Good clean fun with your friends and family!