Snorkelling is great fun, whether you’re 9 or 99. It’s something the whole family can get involved with! But where do you begin, and how do you actually snorkel?
1. Get the gear!
One of the first things you need to do is make sure you’ve got the correct equipment. You don’t need to spend much money at all, just make sure that what you do buy is the right size. You’ll need a mask, and obviously, a snorkel. You want the mask to be comfortable so you can enjoy it as much as possible! Snorkelling is no fun if you’re having to find your mask that has fallen off. Trust me on that one! Depending on where you’re planning on snorkeling will depend on whether you’ll need a wetsuit or some fins. Here are some tips.
2. Find somewhere to practice
If you’ve never been snorkelling, or you’re not confident about going out on the open water, find a swimming pool to practice in. This way, you can get a feel for your equipment and how to use your snorkel. To see if your mask fits properly, hold the mask on your face and then breathe in through your nose. The mask should stay on your face if you let go of it. If it does, you know it’s the right size mask. If not, keep looking!
After making sure your mask fits, you can have a test drive in the pool, or wherever you choose. Before you set off on your big adventure, it’s a good idea to get used to breathing in and out of a snorkel. You should quite quickly get used to the feeling of it. Just put the mouthpiece in your mouth, and breathe! It’s as easy as that. Just remember to keep the top end of the snorkel above the water level. Don’t worry if you don’t, though, if water comes in, you can easily blow the water out.
A lot of people mistake snorkelling with diving. Unlike in diving, snorkelling doesn’t involve much swimming. It’s more of a floating activity. Try not to move too quickly or you’ll miss out on the beautiful sea life! Fold your arms across your chest if that helps.
3. Put your practice into action!
Now you’re prepared for your big snorkeling adventure. Remember that you should find somewhere that has little to no current. You don’t want to get bashed by big waves or taken by the current. Snorkelling should be a relaxing experience! If you do panic though, don’t worry. Just lift your head up and roll on to your back. Simple! You’ll be amazed by the beautiful sights that snorkelling can open your eyes to.