So you just bought all your gear and booked your snorkel vacation. You now find yourself asking how to use your snorkel gear? Being able to adjust your gear to fit your body will allow you to have fun in the water without struggling with a leaky or foggy mask. Nobody wants to get to their favorite beach and have to sit and fiddle with your gear. No, you want to simply jump in the water and have fun.
To help you get the most out of your gear we have decided to let you in on some tips and tricks that will make your experience even better.
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Using the Snorkel Gear
How to Use Your Mask
Once you have selected the right mask for you, the next step is figuring out how to use it. When you first get your mask you should properly fit it. To do this put your left hand over the outside of the lens and hold it up to your face and adjust it so it sits comfortably. Use your right hand to put the strap around your head. If you find it too tight don’t try to force it. Take it off and loosen the straps.
Pro Tip: Check out our article on the anatomy of a mask so you can understand all of the terms we use throughout this article.
Do this by loosening each side the same amount. If you only loosen one side the strap may not fit your head properly and cause the mask to leak. You will want the mask to fit comfortably without any pressure points. Keep in mind that if the mask is too tight it can leak. The strap should sit at the back of your head directly behind the lens. The straps shouldn’t sit higher or lower than the lens as this can put pressure on only one side of the skirt.
Once your mask is properly positioned you can move on to the snorkel.
How to Use Your Snorkel
The snorkel is going to be the way you breathe under the water, so it is very important to understand how to use it properly. Nearly every snorkel will sit on the left side of your face. This is due to the curve of the mouthpiece. When you are snorkeling it is important to position the snorkel so that it sits straight up when you are swimming on the surface. If it is angled forward or backward water it can easily enter the tube which would not be pleasant.
The only other thing to remember is that you need to keep your mouth on the mouthpiece. Yes, this may seem like common sense, but it is easy to forget when you are distracted by the underwater world.
How To Use Your Fins
It may take a bit to get used to your fins. We suggest wading into waist-deep water to put them on. This will allow you to float in the water while you slip them on your feet. Especially when you are starting it’s best to reduce the amount of walking you do in your fins. It is not an easy task and can cause you to fall. If you need to walk in them be sure to do so walking backward. The fins make it very hard to walk forwards.
When you are in the water it is important to not “steer” with your hands. This is your leg’s job. We recommend folding them by your chest so you don’t have to think about not using them. Kicking through the water should be easy and smooth. Your legs should stay straight (not bent at the knee) and you should use your entire leg to thrust forward. It may take some getting used to, but you’ll learn in no time.
Full Face Masks
You may have noticed the recent popularity around the full face snorkel masks. These masks are ideal as they are much easier to learn from. You can breathe normally, have an excellent field of view and they hold less of a risk of fogging up. The only drawback to this kind of mask is that you are not able to free dive below the surface to further explore the ocean.
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Snorkeling is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. Being able to peek underwater and see all of the marine life will stay with you forever. Understanding how to use your snorkel gear will make your time in the water more fun.