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, with self-draining or splash guards on the top and a clip to attach to the mask.

How to

Begin by ensuring that your snorkel is attached to your mask with the keeper (plastic clip). The mask should be attached halfway down the snorkel tube outside the mask strap. The left-hand side of the mask, when it is on your face, should rest in front of your ear.

Next, put the mouthpiece in your mouth, like a football player’s mouthpiece, and close your lips around it. Resting your teeth on it but not biting.

Suppose water does start seeping in while snorkelling, reach back and see if your mask strap has slipped down. Don’t tighten the belt beyond “snug”. If it is too tight, it can cause leaking.

The pressure of the water will help seal the mask to your face. Then adjust 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 it successfully.

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 to enjoy snorkel trips.

Next, see how to use fins.