The Best Snorkeling Tips for Beginners
Snorkeler over hard coral reef

We live and breathe Snorkeling. We are so passionate about it that we even decided to make a travel business around the sport, offering the opportunity for people from all walks of life to travel to some of the most extraordinary places on the planet, to experience something new, to see the amazing, delivered with the comfort and security of expert guides who are with you at every step of the way.

Many of our clients are already experienced snorkelers, but for those that are looking to improve or for those that want to to try snorkelling for the first time, then you have come to the right place.

Snorkeling is the best and easiest way to access the underwater world, providing a sense of discovery and is also a great exercise for the body. The health benefits are countless.

Our top tips:

WEAR YOUR SNORKELING MASK PROPERLY

We are not trying to teach you to suck eggs, but getting this right is one of the most important tips we can offer. Your mask must fit properly around your face, if the seal around your face isn’t properly secured, then air will leak in and water will follow. If you are not a confident snorkeler this can make people panic.

The tip here is to hold the mask around your face, take a breath of air from your nose and if the mask stays fixed without you holding it, then you have it. Also, make sure that all hair is pulled away from the seal (that includes moustaches/beards, gentlemen).

I would also suggest that the strap of the mask is kept at the widest part of your head, towards the top. Doing this will ensure the mask remains securely on and reduces the chance of water coming in.

Lastly, for comfort, try not to wear the mask too tightly, the water will add pressure once you are in the ocean.

Snorkeler exploring pristine reef in Komodo

NEXT, THE FINS

Pick a pair of fins that fit you well, not too tight so that your toes are cramped together, but not so big that your heel pulls away from the fin each time you kick your legs.

Having said that, it’s always better to have a pair of fins that are slightly bigger. Your fins will also fit on a lot easier once your feet are wet.

FOGGY MASK?

foggy mask

There is nothing more annoying than your mask fogging up just as the underwater world is coming alive. We have all experienced it, but there are a few handy tips to help reduce the chances of fogging up.

The old spit and smear technique works surprisingly well. Before getting into the water spit on the inside of your mask, smearing the saliva with your finger across to cover all areas of the mask. Once you are done, dip your mask in the water and give it a good rinse.

You can also get your hands-on specialist defogging gel, although a drop of shampoo to rinse in the water also works really well.

RELAX AND BREATHE

One of the most important rules with any snorkeling experience is to always remain calm and breathe. Take a look around and the underwater world you are seeing, it is beautiful.

Practice with your mask and snorkel on before heading into the water and get used to breathing through the tube. Don’t bite on the seal as you will find your jaw aches quite quickly.

There is a chance your tube may fill with a little water through the chop of the ocean, the remedy is to simply clear the tube with one big exhalation, shooting all of the water out.

So, always remain calm, practice your breathing and by following the rest of these simple rules will have you well on your way to seeing some magnificent underwater life.

Happy couple snorkeling a reef in Komodo

CAUGHT YOUR CURIOSITY?

Take a look at our range of snorkeling trips throughout Asia which tick every box you can imagine from a dream snorkeling holiday. Alternatively, get in touch with us for a chin wag or to ask any questions.

About Author

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Alex Lindbloom
Alex is a Snorkel Venture guide as well as one of the video and photo pros for the company. Prior to joining Snorkel Venture in 2018 Alex lived and worked all over the world as an underwater cameraman, including five years on a boat in Indonesia. Alex's images and videos have garnered many international awards and can be seen on NatGeo, Disvocery Channel, the UN Building, and various magazines.