2 Tips For The First-Time Snorkeler

Alyssa Murray

There are a lot of people who think snorkeling is a great way to spend a vacation. If you are planning on joining that group, there are some tips that can make your first snorkeling trip much more enjoyable. 

Get the Right Gear

You will want to make sure that you have the right mask and snorkel. If your mask leaks or is uncomfortable, you aren't going to want to spend a lot of time under the water and it can ruin your trip. There are different ways that you can make sure that your mask fits is to hold it against your face, without straps. When you do that, inhale strongly through your nose and take your hand away. The mask should stay on your face. Then try on the straps. They should be comfortable when you wear them at the sweet spot, which is generally the widest part of your head. 

There are different kinds of snorkels you can choose from. One kind you may want to try is a dry snorkel. This snorkel has a valve at the top of it which will close when the snorkel is under water. Some also have a valve near the mouthpiece, which will allow you to clear any water out of the snorkel. 


The old saying is practice makes perfect, and it holds true here too. While no one expects you to be perfect immediately, getting in some practice ahead of time is a good way to start on the road to perfection. Go to a pool or a lake and try out your mask and snorkel. Doing that will help you to adjust the mask so that you can find where it fits comfortably on you. It will also help you to find out if there are any leaks which will give you time to learn how to adjust the mask to get rid of them. That practice will also let you get used to breathing through the snorkel. It may feel a little odd at first, and it's better to get used to it somewhere like a pool where you can feel comfortable. Among other things, you should also make sure that you know how to clear out any water that is in the snorkel so that you can get air in through it. 

Going out snorkeling can let you get a good view of any reefs and fish. Knowing a few tips can make your trip more fun. For more information, contact a business such as ScubaTech Of Northwest Florida.