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Snorkeling Tips and Tricks

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Snorkeling is a fun outdoor activity enjoyed by all ages from kids to adults, and makes for a fun family activity. One of the best aspects of snorkeling is being able to explore an almost endless variety of scenery - no matter where you are in the world!

Whether you are snorkeling at a tropical reef destination, or looking to explore the waterways in your own area, there are a few tips and tricks that will help make the most of your outing.

Snorkeling Gear

There are only a few essentials needed for snorkeling: a diving mask, and a dry snorkel. The best part is, these items don't require a large investment, and with proper care and storage, they can last a lifetime.

Some extra gear can make your excursion a bit more worthwhile. 

Fins make swimming significantly more efficient, and are considered 'must-haves' in many locations. Wind, waves and water current impact how well you can navigate through the water column, not just on the surface. Diving to depths can be achieved much more efficiently with fins versus bare feet.

Flotation vests provide safety and comfort for all skill levels

Using a snorkeling vest can offer a few key advantages for both kids and adults. Flotation vests will keep you at the surface and reduce fatigue to help keep you viewing what's beneath longer than simply treading water. Vests are often available in bright colors for high visibility - a safety measure that can be overlooked. Locations with a lot of boat traffic may not be the safest to snorkel at, but a high-vis vest will help you or a group of divers stand out. 

Use a dive mask, not goggles!

A good dive mask doesn't have to cost a ton. Only use a dive mask when snorkeling rather than goggles as a mask will cover your nose and allow you to breath through a snorkel much easier. Those who might normally use  prescription swim goggles should know that universal prescription inserts are available for all dive masks as well, allowing snorkelers to see the underwater world clearly. Being prepared with anti-fog wipes might be a good idea too. There are a lot of tricks for preventing fog in a dive mask, but the old-school 'spit, shine and rinse' method is free and reliable!

The snorkel itself allows you to keep exploring underwater at the surface uninterrupted. Opt for a dry snorkel that is designed to prevent splashed water from entering the breathing tube. Always make sure your snorkel is attached to your dive mask to keep the tip of the snorkel upright and away from the surface of the water.

Once you get your mask, snorkel, and fins on, practice in waist deep water before going deeper. Be sure to stay aware of how deep you keep your face so the tip of the snorkel doesn't go below the surface. 

What to do when you get water in your snorkel?

If you do get some water in your snorkel, simply exhale and blow it out closer to the surface of the water. Once you get comfortable clearing your snorkel, diving down several feet will become easier and less intimidating.

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