Learn How to Snorkel: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to get a peek at what’s living under the waves?

Snorkeling is a fantastic, relaxing, low-impact activity that can be fun for the whole family. That said, the very concept of breathing underwater can seem a little intimidating for those that have never done it before.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to snorkel.

Gather Your Gear

First things first, before you can hit the water, you’re going to need to gather up all the necessary gear. Fortunately, snorkeling doesn’t require all that much equipment.

When you snorkel, you only need three things: fins, a mask, and a snorkel.


The key to choosing fins is finding the right size. If your fins are too big, your foot will wiggle around in them, and you could wind up getting a cramp. If they’re too small, you’ll be in pain before you can even get in the water.

Before committing to a pair, try checking out a few swim fin reviews to help you find the right set for you.


Size is also important when choosing your mask. While you don’t want it to feel too snug, you need to make sure it’s tight enough to keep water out. Before you take your mask out snorkeling, try testing it in a pool or shallow water to make sure it fits right.


Of all the gear you need when snorkeling, your snorkel is the most straightforward — you don’t need a lot of extra bells and whistles. Make sure your snorkel feels comfortable in your mouth and practice clearing it a few times before you take it out properly.

How to Snorkel

Now that you’ve got your gear, it’s time to get in the water. Make sure your mask is in place, and there aren’t any gaps where water can seep in.

If your snorkel attaches to your dive mask, check to ensure it’s secure before you get in the water. And wait until you’re in the water before putting your fins on, it’ll make moving around much more manageable.

Once you have everything on, put your face just below the surface of the water, take a few deep breaths, and start kicking — and that’s all there is to it!

Tips to Remember

While snorkeling is a relaxing, low-impact sport, it can be a little intimidating for first-timers. After all, we’re not supposed to be able to breathe underwater! Here are a few helpful tips to help you adjust to life under the waves.

1. Remember to Breathe

Breathing while snorkeling does not feel like normal breathing, so try not to panic if your chest feels a bit tight at first. If you’re having trouble adjusting, stay in shallow water and take some time to focus on taking slow, even breaths.

If you ever feel panicked or like your having trouble breathing, take a break. Return to shallow water, and practice your slow and even breaths again until you adjust.

2. Take it Slow

Snorkeling is not a speed sport. If you rush around, you’re probably going to wind up missing something or tiring yourself out. Remember to take it slow.

3. Start from the Shore

If you’re new to snorkeling, you should try to start all your excursions from a beach.

When you start from a boat, odds are you’re going to have access to nothing but deep water. But, if you begin snorkeling from a beach, you’ll have access to shallow areas where you can practice before heading out into the deep.

Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

Now that you know how to snorkel, it’s time to hit the beach!

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