Whether they head out on their own or as part of a snorkeling trip, very few places, if any, require any training or certification before donning mask, fins and snorkel. The general assumption seems to be that if you can swim (kind of) and you can breathe, you can snorkel.
Is snorkeling hard to learn?
But the truth is that while snorkeling is a very enjoyable and easy sport, without some basic skills, good equipment, and knowledge about the dangers and conditions of the ocean, a first time snorkeling experience can be a bit miserable, scary and potentially dangerous.
Do you need to be a good swimmer to snorkel?
The short answer is yes, doing it right non-swimmers can snorkel! Once understanding this, a shallow waters area is needed to offer the briefing, where non- swimmers feel safe and open to listening to any instruction. In Total Snorkel Cancun, we offer a useful briefing/lesson before getting on board.
What skills do you need to snorkel?
Safety is the primary rule of snorkeling. First, of course, you’ll need basic swimming skills to stay afloat, move through the water and keep going for a while. If you’re not confident in your swimming skills, take a basic class or wear a floatation device like a snorkeling vest or water noodle.
Do you need flippers to snorkel?
You need fins for snorkeling because they allow you to swim efficiently without over-exerting yourself. They give you the power to overcome currents and waves, and the control to navigate around coral and wildlife. In some cases, fins will also give you a bit of extra buoyancy.
Can you breathe while snorkeling?
Unlike scuba diving equipment, snorkels do not allow you to breathe deep underwater. Instead, snorkelers must exchange air at the surface of the water through the breathing tube. If the snorkel is submerged beneath the waterline, the snorkeler will not be able to breathe through the tube.
Do you wear a life vest while snorkeling?
It is absolutely fine to wear a life jacket while snorkeling. Some commercial snorkeling shops require you to use some form of personal flotation device or buoyancy aid. These can be full life jackets or inflatable on demand styles.
Can I snorkel with glasses?
Yes, you can snorkel with glasses by modifying an existing pair of your glasses to fit a snorkel mask, using your glasses prescription to add corrective lens inserts to your mask, or by wearing a snorkel mask with its own corrective lenses built in.
Can I snorkel while pregnant?
The answer to this question is yes, you can! It can be a great way to exercise during the first two trimesters – a bit riskier in the third as energy and dexterity levels lessen. Relaxing on the surface of the water and watching the fish can be extremely stress-relieving.