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How to Snorkel – Snorkeling Tips & Tricks

   September 17th, 2018   Posted In: How-To  

How to Snorkel

Snorkeling is a very simple activity once you get the hang of it. It can also be very rewarding, allowing you to burn calories and improve overall health. With some snorkeling tips and tricks, newbies can learn how to snorkel and feel comfortable in the water.

Prepare for the Water Conditions

A bathing suit won’t suffice for most snorkeling expeditions. The water conditions play a major factor in what you’ll wear when snorkeling. A wetsuit should be worn for warmth when heading out into cold waters on a chilly morning. A buoyancy vest is also ideal, as it allows you to float near the surface without a lot of effort. The opposite end of the snorkel has to remain above water to work. Swim too deep and the snorkel will be pulled under, causing you to suck in water.

Make Sure the Mask Fits Your Face

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All the snorkeling gear you need – the snorkel, face mask & fins!

Never head out to snorkel without being sure the mask fits your face. It should fit comfortably yet still be snug so no water can seep inside. The strap should be placed around the widest part of the back of your head and not at the base.

Wear the Right Size Fins

You’ll have an easier time snorkeling if you’re wearing swimming fins that help you glide through the water. The wrong size can have a major impact on the activity, with a small pair causing you to cramp up. Fins should fit snugly but should not feel tight. It’s better to have a pair that fits a bit big rather than fins that are much too small.

Don’t Bite Down

Many people believe they have to bite down on the mouthpiece of a snorkel. Doing so for a long duration can cause serious jaw pain! Instead of biting down, simply rest the teeth on the device and allow the jaw to relax and remain unclenched. This will lead to a better experience when in the water.

The act of snorkeling is simple, yet has a learning curve. You need to follow some snorkeling tips and be sure you understand how snorkeling works if you’re going to be successful on your first time and thereafter.

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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