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First time snorkeling: what to do


In an earlier post I wrote about how my first time doing snorkeling was. The experience itself was amazing and I want to do snorkeling many, many more times. But if you read the post you know that not everything was perfect! The first time doing snorkeling can be a bit... scary.

To help others who are going through this adventure for the first time I decided to write some tips on what to do - and what NOT to do - when snorkeling.

Make sure you know how to use the equipment
Before you even get into the water, make sure that you have cleared any questions about the equipment. For example, ask the instructor how to breathe properly, what to do to prevent water from entering through the snorkel and how to move your legs and feet with your fins. And speaking of fins, make sure they fit to your size so you don't have to worry about losing them during the dive.

Preferably, start by practicing on the beach, not offshore
Okay, I can't say so much since my first time snorkeling was offshore. But as an advice I would say that getting  started on the beach - or even swimming pool for practice - is more relaxing since you will focus more on breathing and on how to swim than in panic thoughts like "what if I start sinking and can't swim back to the surface?"

Ask locals about the best snorkeling spots for beginners
Some reefs are beautiful and peaceful, with colourful fish, turtles and corals. Others may have slightly larger marine animals such as sting rays and sharks. If you are a daredevil you probably dream of swimming with dangerous animals, but choose to do so after you are a bit more comfortable with snorkeling.

Bring someone with you
Like most new experiences in life, having someone you know and trust around helps you to feel calmer and more relaxed. Also, sharing the adventure with someone is always a good idea!

Relax and swim slowly
Many people who are snorkeling for the first time get exhausted after just a few minutes because they are overly worried and almost in a panic situation. Remember to reduce efforts so you can save energy and breathe better through your snorkel.

Respect the environment
Don't feed or touch any fish or coral! Any touch can pose a threat to local marine life. Remember that you are a visitor and that this is not your home!

Enjoy!
Make the most of your experience! Even if you repeat it, every reef or every beach you dive in will be different, so don't forget to enjoy every minute.

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