If you ever wanted to try snorkeling but you’re thinking about whether it would be hard or that you will embarrass yourself, then erase those thoughts in your mind. Snorkeling is fun and learning it doesn’t require rocket science or even require you to have mastered many water sports. Heck, even if you’re a city dweller, you will ultimately find that snorkeling is one of the best experience you can have in the world!
One of the things that hinder beginners from continuing to learn snorkeling is the poor first time experience. Many beginners experience frustration because people thought that snorkeling is very easy, that all you need to do is to get your gear and jump right into the water. To be fair and to make sure that you have the mental strength ready, snorkeling can be a tad scary and frustrating experience for first timers. But once you get the hang of it, you will be able to enjoy it to its fullest.
Choosing the Right Gear
If you will go to a snorkeling rental shop, then make sure that you can create the best size and shape that will perfectly fit to your face. In addition, make sure that you choose a snorkeling mask that would prevent fogging.
In addition to that, try to find a dry snorkel and probably one with a splash guard. If you don’t take time to carefully choose a good snorkel, you might experience an unpleasant flood of water coming down to your snorkel.
The final thing that you need to consider is the fins. Make sure that you get a fin that is neither too tight nor too loose. Also avoid fins that hurt when you wear them. They will give you a tremendous amount of swimming force and they will save you a lot of energy to help you go further.
Once you get your gears, make sure that your practice with first, even before going to the beach. Practice on putting your mask, adjusting the strap so that it’s quite fit but not tight. When you inhale, your mask should suction your face. Also the snorkel should feel comfortable; adjusting it until you are most comfortable will help you get used to your gear before heading to the water. Plus, practice putting your fins.
Once you are comfortable enough wearing your gear, you can begin practicing in swimming pools or in calm, shallow parts of beach. It will take some time to train your body into becoming comfortable breathing through your snorkel. It’s best to find a knowledgeable person to help you in practicing.
When you go out to snorkel, make sure that you have enough information about your destination. Choose carefully and try to make sure that you’ve got the correct ocean condition during the time of your snorkeling.