How to Snorkel
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming at the surface of a body of water while equipped with a mask and a short tube called a snorkel.
Snorkeling requires no special training, only the ability to swim and to breathe through the snorkel. The crew on your snorkel trips will be very happy to assist you with a quick easy lesson on how to snorkel and basic safety and and how best protect our fragile you and the reef where you are snorkeling – even if you can’t swim the boat crew can help you to learn how to snorkel while they tow you around on the top of the water.
From large boats step off the side with a giant step or sitting on the edge of the platform, roll face first into the water.
To remove excess water when you are at the surface, use the “blast” method by exhaling forcefully into the mouthpiece.
Place your arms at your sides or out in front of you and remain as streamlined as possible. Propel yourself with a smooth kick motion and avoid continuing the upstrokes of your kick cycle to the point that your fins break the surface.
How to equalize: Squeeze your nose, seal off your nostrils, and gently blow without allowing any air to escape through your nose or mouth. You should hear a slight popping sound
You should equalize every few feet as you descend, however, do not force equalization. Do not descend any deeper than you can clear your ears. Always snorkel with a buddy.
In the event that you become tired, your buddy can assist you back to the boat. There is a look out on all of our boats to make sure that all of our guests are safe in the water prior to getting to the reef the crew will do a snorkel brief and demonstrate hand signals to use should you get in any trouble.
Snorkel trips will have a rescue vessel ready if the need arises that anybody requires assistance.
How to snorkel safely
- Do not hold your breath for long dives underwater. Extended breath holding can cause blackouts that can lead to drowning.
- Do not dive deeper than the maximum depth in which you can equalise the pressure in your ears.
- Never dive head first into the water, as the lens is not designed to withstand this kind of impact.
- Snorkeling with your head at a 45-degree angle helps to eliminate water entering into the top of your snorkel by keeping your snorkel safely above the water.
- Always exit the water when you are cold or tired.
- Do not dive below the water surface if you have a head cold. Congestion makes equalizing your ears very difficult.
- Do not use snorkeling equipment as a tool to learn how to swim. Snorkeling is designed for those who can maintain a basic level of swimming.
- Snorkel trips will have Crew members that are well trained and will be happy to give snorkel guides to people who have difficulty or no swimming ability.