How to Use a Snorkel

how to snorkel


The snorkel is a piece of equipment you use to breathe through.

A good snorkel is about 30 cm (12 inches) in length and approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter.

A good snorkel will have self-draining or splash guards on the top.  All snorkels should have a clip to attach to the mask.

How to use a snorkel – you begin by making sure that your snorkel is attached to your mask with the snorkel keeper (plastic clip) – the mask should be attached half way down the snorkel tube on the outside of the mask strap, on the left hand side of the mask when it is on your face should rest in front of your ear.

Put the mouthpiece all the way in your mouth, like a football players mouthpiece and close your lips around it.  Resting your teeth on it but not biting.

If water does start seeping in while snorkeling , reach back and see if your mask strap has slipped down. Don’t tighten the strap beyond “snug”, being too tight causes leaking, as the seal can be broken.  The pressure of the water will help seal the mask to your face.  Adjust the snorkel on the keeper until the mouthpiece fits comfortably inside your mouth.

How to clear your snorkel – a burst of air similar to a dolphin blow, or saying the word “two” should clear a flooded snorkel, but breathe in cautiously afterwards to be sure that you have cleared your snorkel.  If you are out of air, then simply take your face out of the water and remove the snorkel from the mouth to breathe.

Practice breathing through the snorkel with your head out of the water before putting your face in the water.

Following these simple tips will  assist your to learn how to use a snorkel so that you can enjoy snorkel trips