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Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Snorkeling is one of the most relaxing sports in the world but getting to that point takes practice. Your first trip is probably going to include a whole lot of adrenaline, excitement, and perhaps a touch of nervousness or mystery. The first few excursions will probably result with some mouthfuls of saltwater but before you know it, you’ll be able to enjoy the underwater environment as naturally as the fishes do.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Give yourself plenty of time to get used to breathing and maneuvering with the equipment. Grab your best snorkel set and head to the nearest pool for some practice. Work through the basics outlined in this guide until you feel comfortable enough to try the same thing in choppy open water.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Using Your Mask and Snorkel

Even strong swimmers can feel a moment of panic the first time they experience a flooded snorkel or disorientation caused by fogged up goggles. While in the pool, spend lots of time intentionally flooding your equipment so that you know what to expect when it inevitably happens on your snorkel trip. This will give you a good opportunity to practice clearing them, too.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Clearing a snorkel is easy – just give a strong exhale into the mouthpiece right after you surface. Clearing the mask requires a little more work. Press the mask to your forehead and blow a steady stream of air from your nose while gently tilting your head backward. It may take many tries to perfect your clearing techniques, but you’ll love being able to clear your gear without fully breaking the surface of the water.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Common Swimming Maneuvers

If you plan to snorkel with any extra equipment such as flippers or a snorkel vest, make sure that you use them while practicing in the pool. You’ll be amazed at how much a single piece of equipment can help or hinder your mobility. Get used to putting on and adjusting your gear while treading water.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Practice floating face down like you would while snorkeling and on your back as you would while talking. Learn how to lean backward without getting any water in your snorkel, a common cause of unexpected tube flooding. Use the shallow to practice maneuvering without touching the bottom – you might be surprised how close you are able to get to coral in some places, and touching it is dangerous to you and harmful to the coral.

Techniques to Practice before Your First Snorkel Trip

Your first snorkel trip is sure to be exciting. Exploring underwater is an otherworldly experience, a memory sure to stick with you forever. Make sure to practice as much as you can before your first trip to make sure the memories you make are purely positive.

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