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How Does Snorkeling Work?
Complete Guide on Snorkeling


Snorkeling is a fun activity there is no doubt about that. If you are thinking about snorkeling for the first time you may want to learn a lot more about it.

You may be wondering what skills you need and whether or not you can master them. You may also be wondering if it is safe. All these are questions that you will need the answers to in order to feel confident about this new adventure.

Here are some answers to your questions about how does snorkeling work.

1. You Need to Be Able to Swim

You don't need to have Olympian skills but you do need to know how to survive in the water. If you don't, you will be focusing more on staying afloat than you will on enjoying your snorkeling.

Most snorkeling will happen in shallow water. However, it is a fact that the ocean can be unpredictable and it may test your comfort levels.

In order to be successful at snorkeling you must be able to maintain buoyancy. This will prevent water from entering your snorkeling tube. The bottom line is that you need to be comfortable in the water.

2. Can You Hold Your Breathe?

Did you ever hold your breath for a long time as a child? Well, hopefully you mastered that skill. The ability to hold your breath is necessary for a fun snorkeling experience.

This is because even though you may plan to stay in the shallow end there is always the chance that your snorkeling equipment may malfunction. When this happens you will need to be able to hold your breath for a while. 

3. Get Used to Your Equipment

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your mask fits snuggly on your face. Afterward, start practicing how to breathe through the mask and the snorkel.

After testing out your mask you can get into the water, stand upright or on your knees, and put your face in the water. Don't be alarmed if it takes a few minutes for you to get used to it, this is perfectly normal.

If water finds its way into your snorkel all you need to do is blow it out. If it gets into the mask lift the bottom half up and drain the water out.

Once everything is working fine, put on your fins, and practice keeping your face in the water and letting your body float horizontally. Once you have done that for a while you can start moving forward slowly.

Keep your hands by your side or joined behind your back as you move forward. That's it, now you know how to snorkel!

Final Tips on How Does Snorkeling Work

Now you know the answer to the question, "How does snorkeling work?"

You are ready to get out there in the water and get the most out of this new adventure. Once you get used to it, know how your equipment works and how to move your body, it will become an activity that you enjoy doing time and time again.

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