As you’ve read, there are many amazing reasons why learning to duck dive in your snorkeling experience is a good idea. When you go to the beach for your next trip, take the time and energy to practice this skill.
A duck dive:
A duck dive is a type of snorkeling technique in which one slides to the bottom of the ocean floor without coming up for air. It’s similar to a “belly flopper,” but you breathe by going nose down and allowing the wave to push you downward. Duck diving is a safe, low-to-the-ground technique that can yield some of your best underwater photos. Not only will this provide you with some lifelong memories, but it is also a great alternative to the default snorkeling position in which you sit on the surface of the water.
Benefits of learning how to duck dive:
The biggest advantage is obvious – you’ll be able to swim faster through the water during your snorkeling experience. This is very important if you are with a large group of snorkelers and want to stick together. Next, learning the duck dive is not time-consuming and challenging. In contrast, it’s an exciting dive making every breath count more. An added benefit is that it’s also a way to avoid stings from jellyfish or sea nettles that can come from the top down.
One of the biggest benefits of learning how to duck dive correctly is that it can help lower your breathing rate, which, according to several studies, could even lower stress levels and blood pressure.
How do I duck dive?
A duck dive is a valuable skill to know when snorkeling. It can help you move more freely through the water and can help you save energy on long swims or when catching waves on the beach.
Step 1: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, and shoulders relaxed. Lean forward from the waist, so your upper body is out of the water.
Step 2: In one quick motion, push yourself underwater until you are on all fours.
Step 3: Pull your head out of the water and make sure you are standing upright before submerging face into your next dive.
Step 4: Pull your body back onto two feet and breathe normally.
Ideal Place to practice duck dive.
There are many places where you can practise diving duck. Begin by practicing in shallow water and work your way up to deep water. If you do not have access to a swimming pool, several lakes near the beach can be a good choice. When practicing in deep water, make sure that the sand is loose so that when your body hits the sand, your feet do not touch the bottom and negatively affect the dive.
How to practice duck diving?
You can practice duck diving by going out to the ocean alone and just trying it out. If you can’t go all the way underwater on your first try, try again and make sure that both of your knees are bent the whole way down. Keep your head high above water so that coming up will not be a problem when your face goes underwater. If you feel like this is getting too difficult when coming up after submerging, then bring a dive partner (someone who helps you stand back up when you come up).
How much time would it take to learn duck diving?
A great question to ask yourself is: how long would it take to learn duck diving? This skill can take anywhere from 3 to 7 minutes for the average individual. It really depends on where you are snorkeling and what is around you. For example, if snorkeling in a river or stream, you might spend more time in the water than on land practicing this skill because you would have to account for the current moving against you and then working against it as well.
In summary, learning to duck dive can be an incredible addition to your snorkeling experience. It may take some time to learn how to do it properly, but once you are comfortable with the technique, you’ll be able to move more freely through the water and will save energy when catching waves or swimming long distances.