In this article, I will go through the fundamentals as well as provide information on recommended practices.
Imagine yourself peacefully snorkeling along, savouring the beauty of the undersea world, before I begin. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you notice someone flailing around, half swimming, half drowning, and scaring half the fish away from the sea.
We have all been there at some point in our lives. Do not worry if you are new to it. Here’s a snorkeling beginner’s tutorial to ensure you do not end up looking like THAT person.
1. Check Your Equipment
Nothing is more frustrating than having equipment that does not fit. As bubbles and water penetrate into your mask, this can trigger panic and hysteria. Before venturing out on the open sea with rented equipment, it is a good idea to check it out.
If you know you will be doing a lot of snorkeling on a particular vacation, it is probably advisable to acquire your own gear so you can keep track of its condition. We will go through the types of equipment you will need later in this post, as well as how to keep them in good working order.
2. Take a deep breath in, exhale slowly, and remain calm.
Do a test run after you have double-checked that your equipment works and fits properly. Become accustomed to breathing using a snorkel. If required, swim around a pool. First, get acclimated to the sensation. If you are on the beach, begin by swimming in the shallows before diving into the deep.
3. Float and Do not Flail
Remember, if you are gasping for air and flopping around like a whale, you are probably doing something incorrectly. There is nothing wrong with wearing a life jacket if you are not a strong swimmer or floater. Any type of flotation device allows you to focus on your breathing, allowing you to relax completely.
4. Select an Appropriate Location
If you are a beginner snorkeler, avoid snorkeling in an area with a strong current. Instead, go somewhere with calm waters. When snorkeling, waves are not ideal, especially if it is your first time. It increases the amount of work required to travel from one location to another. Instead of diving off a boat, we recommend coming to the beach, where you can progressively swim to a depth that is comfortable for you.
Choose a location where you know there will be a lot of cool things to see. If you travel out to a desolate coral, you will start to wonder why people bother to snorkel. Find a unique location and be mesmerized by the bright hues and fascinating aquatic life.
5. Take it easy and enjoy the ride.
To rookie snorkelers, the most crucial recommendation I can provide is to RELAX. If you start to feel anxious, simply lift your head and float on your back. The undersea environment is incredible, and when snorkeling, we have had many wonderful and unforgettable moments.
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