Diving can be an enriching experience. It’s so great to see marine animals up close and personal without the need for cumbersome scuba gear, but this is not always a simple task for many beginners. To dive with a snorkel is as easy as just going in the water and floating on your back for a few minutes, but following these steps will help you get the most out of it!
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HOW TO DIVE WITH SNORKEL GEAR:
1. Set up your gear before the dive:
-Quarter open your snorkel and clamp it to the regulator
-Put on your fins
-Set up the weight belt on your torso
2. Plan where you want to go:
-Make sure you have enough air in your tank for the dive and that it’s a descent from high water to deeper water.
-Once you’ve reached a point of equal depth, descend until sand begins coming into view. You’re now at around 10 feet deep in clear water.
3. Start the dive:
-Gently lie on the surface of the water, float to the bottom of your desired location while holding your snorkel in one hand and your fins in the other.
4. Dive time:
-Continue holding onto your snorkel and continue descending until you are 10 feet underwater.
-Look around for any exciting corals or sea life that may be present in this area
5. Start Surface swim:
-Kick yourself up to a standing position by placing one foot on top of your weight belt and using it as leverage. Kick yourself up.
6. Surface swim:
-Kick back to the surface of the water, and begin your surface swim to shore.
7. End Surface Swim:
-Walk yourself back to shore, and unclamp your snorkel from the regulator
Protective measures to take before diving:
– Hands and feet are the most common body parts to get injured when snorkeling, so make sure to protect them. Wear gloves if you know you’ll be handling marine life such as fish. This will ensure that they will not be shocked or provoked by your hand movements.
– Dive only in shallow waters for your first few dives with a snorkel, just until you get used to swimming with it.
– Be mindful of where you are diving, and know the currents and tide of the area. You mustn’t dive in areas where currents are strong, as this can be dangerous even for experienced divers. Always dive into places where you can easily find your way back.
-Try to stay away from places with slippery rocks, as this may be dangerous for a diver. Be aware that there may be poisonous and hazardous marine life in the area, such as stingrays and jellyfish.
– Know when to call it a day. Constant monitoring of your oxygen levels is important to ensure safety while snorkeling. If you find that air runs out much faster than usual, go back to the surface immediately.
Different types of diving:
Snorkeling: Any activity is done in a swimming pool at the surface of the water.
Wreck diving: When diving into a sunken ship.
Scuba diving: A combination of wearing scuba gear while underwater and breathing air through a regulator or “rebreather.”
Duck diving: This is when you duck dive, hold your breath and swim forward.
Hopefully, you’ve learned how to dive with snorkel gear and can start exploring the possibilities of diving in areas that may be shallow or don’t require bulky scuba equipment. In the water, there’s so much to see, and a snorkel is a great way to enjoy it to the fullest!