Snorkeling is a popular water sport where you wear a rubber face mask with a breathing tube called a snorkel that lets you breathe underwater, submerging your head in the water and swimming along the surface.
A snorkel is useful for anyone who needs to breathe but doesn’t want to come up for air, such as those who cannot swim. The snorkel limits how much lung capacity is used when diving into deep water. When wearing this piece of equipment, you can feel more confident about swimming around below because you are able to “breathe” without ever having to resurface for air like other participants may have to do every 5-10 seconds.
The snorkel allows a snorkeler to “breathe” while they explore the underwater world without having to come up for air.
Getting started with snorkeling can be a daunting task for those who are afraid of water or don’t enjoy swimming. When you go snorkeling, there are four important things that will help you conquer your fear of water and allow you to have more confidence when exploring the underwater world.
1) The first thing to do is practice. Get in the shower and put on your snorkel before going underwater for the first time, so you’re not apprehensive of it at all when you go underwater.
The snorkel has a mouthpiece to enable breathing while underwater, which brings relief to snorkeling beginners. Practice using the immersion gear in the shower can help ease anxiety before jumping into a first-time exploration of a new location.
2) Make sure that your mask fits correctly by adjusting straps or pulling them tighter if needed (you don’t want any water leaking in).
You also want to know which way the air will be coming from, so you can breathe in and out freely without struggling with it.
It is important that water doesn’t get trapped next to your lips- this won’t let enough air through, so try pulling on straps or adjusting them if needed (or just make sure they are tight).
There is no need to come up for air every few seconds like other snorkelers might do- just keep breathing normally all the way down and stay within arm’s length of a lifeguard or someone who knows how to swim.
3) Next, know that you are allowed to breathe all around the snorkel. You don’t have to come up for air every few seconds like other swimmers may need to do. Breathe continuously and calmly as long as possible underwater, while staying close (within arm’s length) to a lifeguard or someone who knows how to swim.
4) Lastly, know that people feel fear when they first go snorkeling because it is a new experience and there’s always the possibility of danger beneath the surface. But don’t worry- if you follow these tips, then you’ll be able to explore all those beautiful undersea creatures without any worries!
Snorkeling Gear – What You Need and What Not To Buy
What you need for snorkeling:
– a good quality mask
– one or two snorkels
– goggles (optional)
– fins (optional)
– comfortable clothes
What not to buy for snorkeling:
– a rashguard or wet suit
– weight belt
– bulky clothing such as jeans, sweaters, and jackets
Why these things are not needed for snorkeling:
- A good quality mask will keep water out of your nose, but the rest of the face is exposed. A rash guard or wetsuit won’t allow the snorkel to be used properly.
- Weight belts are unnecessary because with a good mask, you won’t need much air at all and bulky clothing will just make it harder for you to move around underwater.
Choose Your Snorkel Wisely
It’s important that you choose a snorkel that has a mouthpiece because this will prevent saltwater from entering your mouth, which not only tastes terrible but can be dangerous. You should also try snorkels with built-in breathing tubes because these will help you conserve lung capacity when diving into deep water.
When choosing a snorkel, it’s important to consider which type is right for you and the kind of activity that you’ll be using it for. For example, some people prefer snorkels with a mouthpiece, while others like ones with built-in breathing tubes.
There are also snorkels that come with a purge valve, which will allow water to flow out of your mouthpiece while you swim up and down in the ocean. These work best for people who have problems clearing their snorkel on their own (you can’t blow it clear because salt water is inside) or for those who are a bit claustrophobic.
Lastly, the snorkel should be made of silicone or rubber because it’s easier to clear and more durable than other materials like plastic.
Some of the best places for snorkeling in the world
Australia: snorkeling around Port Douglas in Cairns
Indonesia: snorkeling with turtles off the coast of Komodo National Park
United States: snorkel and whale watch near Kona, Hawaii.
Hawaii’s Big Island is a popular destination for snorkelers because of its crystal clear waters.
The snorkeling in Kona has been described as “spectacular” and is certainly worth a visit for all snorkelers!
Tahiti: snorkeling to see the fish from Ile To’Ata Marquesas Islands near Tahiti Island, French Polynesia.
Bali: snorkeling to see the fish from Manta Point off of Bali Island, Indonesia.
Sri Lanka: snorkel and watch schools of dolphins near Pigeon Island in Sri Lanka.
Maldives: snorkeling for turtles off on Male island in Maldives Islands.
Hopefully by now, you’re feeling more confident about your snorkeling abilities and are ready to put what you’ve learned in this article into action. It’s time for a new adventure! Where will it be? The ocean, the pool, or maybe even at home with your tank of fish – whatever floats your boat (sorry!). No matter where you choose to go next, we hope that these tips have helped make things a little easier. Happy Snorkeling!