- Wear a life Jacket
- Test good snorkel equipment & know how it functions
- Start at a Calm Spot
- Stay with a group- Never Alone!
- Let Tour boat Instructors or others know you are not a strong swimmer.
- Don’t Ever Mix Alcohol and snorkeling
- Beware Of Stepping On Coral
- Start From the Beach not from the Boat
Is Snorkeling Safe
Best Snorkel Gear For BeginnersSnorkels for beginners should be easy to operate and durable. If you’re looking for a snorkel for snorkeling, then make sure to look out for the ones that are hard, and rigid and either have a purge valve for easy exhalation of water, or a splash guard to help protect the top of the snorkel from splashes or waves at the surface of the water.
- Visibility – Most mask models offer a curved lens that extends behind your eye and gives a clear uninterrupted 180-degree view. The frame seals behind your vision line, which means you don’t have a frame that alters your view.
- Water barrier – the masks seal around your entire face, which decreases the chance of water getting into the mask when you smile. The rear strap holds the mask in place on your head, allowing you to move freely and take one wind and waves without losing the mask.
- Natural Breathing – While using a full face mask you can inhale and exhale through either your nose or mouth. Natural breathing helps keep you calmer and more relaxed in the water. The absence of a mouthpiece, also makes extended snorkeling more comfortable, allowing you to snorkel longer. Source: DIVE.in
How to check if a Mask fits
- The fit of the mask is crucial, but can be done in a few easy steps:
- Put the mask on without pulling the strap around your head
- Inhale lightly through your nose
- create the suction
- Let the mask go move around and smile a few times. It should stay on.
- Put the mask back on
Best Snorkel Gear for Beginners
If you are interested in Snorkeling on your next vacation you need not buy expensive Snorkel Fins. There are plenty of brands that have the functionality and great designs and colors to choose from.
How Do Snorkels Work Underwater
If you’re planning to bring your Snorkeling equipment on a trip or vacation then it is a good idea to keep in mind the weight of your fins. If you’re a snorkeler, you might want to invest in a pair of Reef Fins, which are half the length of diving/freediving/skin diving fins. Not only are these lighter in weight, but they will pack nicely in your suitcase. Reef fins are smaller, lighter, and much easier to control when you’re gliding around on the surface.
- Take a deep breath-Now to hold your breath
- Hold your head underwater deep enough for the Snorkel to completely underwater too.
- Bring your eyes back up to the surface
- Blow out hard and with a lot of force from your lungs pushing air through the Snorkel
- Move a little farther out and Snorkel and breathe through your Snorkel
- The more you move and breathe the easier it is to do
- Always have a Buddy with You.
Best Places To Snorkel In Florida Keys
Some of the Best places for a Novice to Snorkel are in Florida Key West there is where I learned on vacation. If you are used to your equipment and breathing through the Snorkel then you are pretty much ready to go. Boat Members will even school you on the use of the equipment and will rent it to you.
- Key Largo- Dry Rocks which holds the famous Christ of Abyss statue is considered a novice Dive/Snorkel Depth Range: Shallow to 25 feet Experience Level: Novice
- White Banks -Dry Rocks Snorkel Depth Range: Shallow to 15 feet Experience: Beginner to expert
- Grecian Rocks –Snorkel Depth Range: Shallow to 25 feet Experience Level: Beginner to Novice
- Molasses Reef– Snorkel/Dive Depth Range: 10-70 feet Experience: Novice
- The Elbow- Snorkel/Dive Depth Range: 12-35 feet Experience: Novice
- Snapper Ledge –Snorkel/Dive Depth Range: 12-35 feet Experience: Novice
- Wreck of the Benwood Depth Range: 50 feet offshore – 20 feet inshore Experience Level: Novice to Intermediate