The Basics of Snorkeling
Snorkeling is an exciting and enjoyable all-round water exercise and sport. Many individuals, regardless of gender and age are showing intense passion and interest in this water activity. Though anyone can try and experience swimming, individuals should be reminded that this activity still requires not just passion and interest but also the proper snorkeling training and application of the right snorkeling techniques. If you take time to learn how to snorkel adapting the proper procedures and techniques, you will surely become a great snorkeler eventually.
The benefits of snorkeling also lure people to be engaged into this water sport or activity. The well-known 10 snorkeling benefits are:
• Improves breathing
• Overall fitness
• Cardiovascular health
• Joint Mobility
• Mental Health
• Overcome Risk Factors
• Better Mood
• Perfecting performance
• Not tough on body
• Connects you with nature
Snorkeling Tips for Beginners
1. Don’t rent or use cheap snorkeling gear.
a. Learn how to choose a mask. Masks comes in different sizes and shape and it can be adjusted to your face. When renting or buying a mask, choose something that has a good fit to avoid leaking. A fogging mask is a pain in the neck. You can’t hardly see underwater.
b. Get a dry snorkel. A dry snorkel has a special valve on top that seals shut when your snorkel goes underwater.
c. Get fins that fits to you. Rent fins that are neither too tight nor too loose so that it won’t hurt. If it’s too tight, your feet might sore. If it’s too loose, your feet will be wet and often shrink a little in the cooler water. Don’t ever think that it’s okay not to use fins. Fins are very essential for your safety. It gives you a tremendous amount of swimming force and will save you tons of energy.
2. Practice with your gear.
a. Prepare your gear early. Rent or buy snorkeling equipment before going to beach. Test the gears and made some adjustments if necessary. This would help you make feel comfortable when using it.
b. Practice in a pool or calm shallow beach. Find a spot in a swimming pool or beach where in you can practice your breathing by putting your face underwater. Also check if your mask leaks. If it leaks, then adjust it. Not to tight or too loose. Practice kicking a little. Learn how to use your legs. If you’re not a good swimmer, you can use floatation device. Don’t be conscious about your look. Your safety is important.
3. Learn Basic Snorkeling Skills and Hazards.
a. Stay relax and Reduce Effort. Try to swim slowly. Don’t exert too much energy. It is one of the common problems for first time snorkelers. The technique of snorkeling is to stay relaxed and calm. Swim at a speed that allows you to breathe slowly and comfortably. Your snorkel does limit your breath so make sure that you’re not heavily breathing. Learn to just float without effort.
b. Read ocean conditions. Study and understand ocean waves, currents and surge. The ocean is alive and the water flows. You should know the basics of how the ocean moves.
4. Choose carefully your first location.
a. Go from a beach – not in a boat. For first timers, it is recommended that you go from the beach. Jumping off from a boat into deep water can be scary. The fear can cause the first timers to have trouble in breathing.
b. Choose an interesting spot. Choose a beach that has many corals and fishes. If you pick a boring spot, your first experience would be boring and we don’t like that. Don’t we? We always want our first experience to be memorable and fun. If it’s your first time, don’t go in the water alone. Make sure you have a buddy or partner. It is comforting to have someone on your side than to be alone.
c. Choose a beach that has lifeguard. It is safe to go on to the beach with lifeguard. You can also go with an experienced snorkeler.
5. Come at it with appreciation.
Why do we want to snorkel? Every one of us have different reasons why we snorkel but the primary reason is to enjoy. Snorkeling is about enjoying and appreciating the views underwater. If you’re a type of person who doesn’t love nature, then snorkeling is not for you. It is more of a meditation than a physical sport. Snorkeling is about learning to relax and be calm. Let yourself experience all the movement and life around you.
6. Be careful.
Among all the tips mentioned above, the most important thing is to take care of yourself. Also, take care of the oceans. Don’t touch the corals, fish or other things that you see underwater. The only thing that you can touch are rocks, sand and water. It is also not advisable to use harmful sunscreen because it may cause reef damage.