Thinking about Snorkelling? Our snorkelling tips for beginners will help you get started.
So you are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip in an exotic location and you decide to do something unexpected – snorkel for the first time. You are probably wondering if you have what it takes to try this amazing experience. Don’t worry – you have everything it takes. However, in order to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience instead of a miserable, boring or dangerous one, you need to have some basic skills and you need to be aware of the do’s and don’ts of snorkelling.
Snorkelling is an amazing activity, giving you the best of all worlds – vibrant & brilliant landscapes, unforgettable swimming experience and a lot of thrill. However, if you have never snorkelled before, you might experience one of the following: fear, water flooding the snorkel tube, leaking face mask, injury, boredom and exhaustion. Fortunately, each one of these negative experiences can be avoided if you are armed with a bit of knowledge. Read on to discover how to get well equipped for your snorkelling experience and how to maximize this unique moment of your trip.
Top Snorkelling Tips for Beginners
There are three pices of equipement essential to snorkelling, a mask, fins, and of course a snorkell.
Depending on your experience and strength the choice of snorkelling fins is important too. They vary from closed or open foot, split fins or solid and even compact travel versions.
Masks come in many varieties, from one window up to four windows, plastic skirts/silicone skirts, 100% silicone is most definately the best option for a snug fit. If you wear glasses there are masks specifically designed for you.
Snorkels come in many different styles, types and sizes and purchasing the right one for your mouth shape makes for a better experience. Some have splash guards or dry valves on top to prevent water coming down the tube, and some have purge valves on the bottom so that when you blow out it will clear water from the tube. You can get a one piece tube or one with a flexible silicone tube section on bottom.
If this is your first time snorkelling buying your essential snorkel gear in one set can be a big money saver. There are good and bad sets with varying prices but a good set will cost you the same as a couple of day’s rental plus you will be able to use the set for years to come. They may not fit as perfectly as buying your gear individually but as a beginner it’s probably the best way to go.
Here is what you need to know about snorkelling if you are doing it for the first time.
1. Use the Mask Properly
First of all, you need to learn how to fit a mask. Masks come in various shapes and sizes, so choosing the right one is paramount. Look at your face in the mirror, is it narrow or wide? Do you have eyes close together or wide apart? What shape and size is your nose? Do you have much space between your nose and top lip? Once you have answered these questions try to pick a mask that looks like it will fit your face.
Additionally, you need to prevent your mask from fogging. Clean your mask often, and don’t touch the inside. Use an anti fog spray and again don’t use your fingers to rub it around. Try to keep the inside dry, once you have your mask on with a good seal avoid taking it off unnecessarily. The last resort is spitting into your mask, but again don’t use your fingers to rub it in, swill it around and empty it out.
2. Use Fins that Fit
When you buy or rent fins, make sure they are neither too tight, not too loose. You don’t want to lose your fins when you most need them. Don’t even think about not wearing this item. Fins are essential for a safe and enjoyable snorkelling experience.
3. Stay Relaxed
As a beginner, you mustn’t worry when snorkelling for the first time. Although this is a new experience for you, try to be relaxed and calm. Swim at a speed that allows you to breathe constantly. Remember, the snorkel does limit your breath, so try to keep your activity level at a constant pace. Swim rapidly only when necessary. In the end, if you swim slowly, you will be able to enjoy the view.
4. Choose a Calm Spot
Only go in calm spots, where nothing can ruin your snorkelling experience. Choose an interesting spot, with lots of corals and fish to see. A dead or boring spot might spoil your fun.
Do’s and Don’ts of Snorkelling
– Do expect to have an enjoyable experience.
– Do wear all necessary equipment.
– Do go from the beach for the first time instead of the boat.
– Do learn to read and understand ocean conditions, such as waves, currents and surge.
– Do ask locals for the right places to snorkel.
– Do practice a few hours before heading out in the deep.
– Do check your equipment before setting out to snorkel.
– Do not go alone, but always choose a reliable partner (whether someone who has snorkelled before or the instructor) when snorkelling for the first time.
– Do not touch fish, corals and turtles.
– Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
– Do not drink alcohol.
– Do not under or over eat.
– Do not forget to swim slowly and control your breathing.
– Do not push it, but sway within your limits.
The Bottom Line
Learning to snorkel is easier than learning to swim. Overcome all your fears and go out in the deep in order to marvel at the landscapes you find beneath the oceans. Snorkelling is amazing indeed, so make the most out of this unique experience and get ready to experience it over and over again. If you have a flawless experience, which is possible if you follow all the tips listed above, you will get to love snorkelling, and that will change your life forever.