How to Snorkel
Snorkel trips can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even with limited swimming ability. The crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef promise exceptional conditions for snorkel trips!
The key to successful snorkeling is relaxation in the water. Practice will improve your skills and comfort in the water.
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 a snorkel.
On many snorkel trips and certainly the ones we recommend, the crew onboard the boats will be very happy to assist you to learn to snorkel while they assist you in the water.
To remove excess water when you are at the surface, use the “blast”, method by exhaling forcefully into the mouthpiece of the snorkel. 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 smooth kick cycle to the point that your fins break the surface.
How to 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 or shore.
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 feel the pressure in your ears.
Never dive head first into the water when wearing a mask 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 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 equalising your ears very difficult.
Do not use snorkeling equipment as a tool to learn to swim. Snorkeling is designed for those who can maintain a basic level of swimming