Snorkeling Adventures: Helpful Tips for Beginners

Written By Alla Levin
July 31, 2018
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Snorkeling Adventures: Helpful Tips for Beginners

Are you planning to go snorkeling for the first time? There are certain tips that will make the experience enjoyable and safe. Make sure to use these snorkeling tips the first time you go out.

Snorkeling is one of the best ways to explore one of the most amazing places the planet has to offer. Experiencing the ocean and sea life in such an up close and personal way should be something that is on everyone’s bucket list.

Snorkeling can be an enjoyable and easy adventure as long as you enter the experience prepared. This is especially true if it is your first time taking the plunge.

Snorkeling without proper preparation and knowledge can result in a poor first experience. Even more so, it could be dangerous. Many snorkeling companies will make it sound like you can grab some gear and hop right in– but there are snorkeling basics you should be aware of before your first attempt.

We’ll discuss what you need to know below.

Be Aware Of Your Own Comfort

You may have a tendency to downplay your own comfort when scuba diving for the first time.

Inexperience tends to make individuals afraid to speak their mind. Your own comfort, though, should be your top priority.

If you’re not comfortable jumping straight into the ocean, it is completely acceptable to get your bearings by using your equipment in the shallows of the beach or even a pool if one is available.

Your equipment should fit comfortably on your body as well. When you first try on a full face snorkel, remember that it will be on your face for the next few hours. Make sure it fits snugly but not too tight, and that it isn’t causing you any pain. It might be worth finding and investing in your own mask and bringing it along with you.full face snorkel

A quick way to test mask comfort is to press the mask against your face and inhale through your nose. The mask seal should then be secure enough that you don’t have to press it to your face any longer.

Put Yourself In The Proper Mindframe

It’s important to enter a scuba trip with a relaxed attitude. This can be hard for many first-time snorkelers. Swimming too fast or expending too much energy underwater can lead to exhaustion.

A leisurely pace and attitude can do wonders in making your snorkeling trip a fun success. You should only swim at a speed that allows for proper breathing.

Be Aware Of Ocean Conditions

There’s an old ocean adage that goes ‘when in doubt, don’t go out.’ This is one of the most important snorkeling tips for a first-timer to understand.

The ocean is a living entity, and water can flow and take you out to sea with it. You should familiarize yourself with the currents, tides, and waves of the area in which you are snorkeling.

Any local lifeguard should be able to educate you on these factors. Under no circumstances should you hit the water without educating yourself.

Snorkeling For The First Time

With the proper care taken prior to getting in the water, your first snorkeling trip should be a huge success.

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