How To Snorkel Safely And Successfully
Snorkel Safely and Successfully. Snorkelling is a great way to discover the mysteries of the underwater world. Our professional scuba diving and snorkelling instructor will teach you the basics of how to snorkel safely and successfully.
Step 1: You will need
- 1 mask
- 1 pair of fins
- 1 snorkel
- 1 booties
- 1 wetsuit
- 1 snorkelling vest
Step 2: Select and prepare your mask
Make sure your mask is comfortable on your face and sits snugly, but not too tight, around the eyes and nose.
Pull the strap over the back of your head being careful not to pull out too much hair! Make sure there's no twists and that the strap sits comfortably above your ears and not on or over your ears. You also need to make sure the mask is free of any fringe!
Step 3: USEFUL TIP
There's nothing more annoying than being in the ocean surrounded by colourful fish and finding your mask completely fogged up. To ensure optimum visibility, de-fog your mask with a standard de-fogging solution. Or use the more traditional method. This means spit into your mask and rub the spit around the lens, before rinsing in the pool or seawater and placing it back on your face.
Step 4: Select and prepare your snorkel
Secure your snorkel to the mask strap with a plastic clip or rubber band "snorkel keeper" and make sure the position of the snorkel can be adjusted.
Now try on the mask and snorkel together to see if the mouthpiece can be gripped comfortably in the teeth. Your lips should surround the mouthpiece entirely.
Step 5: Select and prepare your fins
The right pair of fins will help you swim like a fish! Choose from either a full foot fin or an adjustable fin. Full foot fins are better if you're just starting out, because they're easy to use and are efficient while finning around on the surface.
With full foot fins fold the heel inside out and slip your foot into the pocket. Flip the heel up and test to see that they don't hurt or pinch your toes or feet… and of course, that they're not too loose.
Step 6: Practice in a swimming pool
It is of course possible to take your equipment straight to the sea, but it's better to have your first go in a swimming pool or somewhere with pool-like conditions to build up your confidence. If you don't have easy access to a pool, choose somewhere shallow with calm water where there isn't a current, big waves or heavy boat traffic. Make sure it's easy to get in and out of the water too.
Put your fins on before you get into the water, perhaps sitting on the edge or the steps of the pool or a flat area of a beach near to the water.
Then make your way in and stay in an area where you can stand comfortably. If in a pool, slide yourself slowly into the shallow end. If on a beach, do the "moonwalk" into the sea and wade in carefully until the water is about waist-deep.
Breathing through the snorkel, bend over face forward until your mask is submerged and - CONGRATULATIONS - you're taking your first breaths underwater!
Now keep breathing normally, making sure that you can do so easily and comfortably. If not, bring your head out of the water. Take this time to make sure that everything is ok with your equipment.
You may find that your mask is leaking. Remember, a little bit of water may seep into the mask now and again - this is a normal factor of snorkelling - but too much water could mean either the strap is not tight enough, or it's way too tight.
Once you feel confident to carry on, put your mask and snorkel back on. Float in the face down position and kick your legs… And you're now snorkelling.
Step 7: An essential snorkelling skill
Snorkel flooding can be a normal part of snorkelling. To practice clearing your snorkel, first take a deep breath. Holding your breath, push your head completely under the water until you're sure the end of the snorkel is under the water too.
Now bring your eyes back up to the surface. Blow out very sharply with a lot of force from your lungs, pushing air right through the snorkel.
Step 8: Snorkel
Now transfer your skills to a colourful reef. Pick a good spot wh