Advanced snorkeling techniques

Although it is possible to dive underwater for a closer examination of the treasures so generously offered beneath the water the process is a bit more involved and will require some practice on your part. Should you desire to view a fish swimming a few feet beneath you at a closer range you will be required to dive under the barrier of the water. As you diver under the water your snorkel will begin to fill up quickly with water preventing you from being able to breathe as you previously did. Upon resurfacing, you will have to clear your air passenger in the snorkeling tube to once again breathe normally. As we said it would involve a bit of practice to get accustomed to this procedure however many experienced snorkelers do in fact dive below the surface for better views.

The procedure for clearing your snorkel is straightforward. As you start to surface, you need to give a strong forceful puff of air into your snorkel tube as you break the water surface. Upon completion this should easily clear the majority of the water from your snorkel thus permitting you to breath normally again. If you will consistently be venturing under the waters surface you may wish to consider a special type of snorkel known as the purge snorkel, it will prevent the water from getting back into your mouth.  

Once you have mastered this technique and feel comfortable in clearing your snorkel you will develop more confident in your abilities and a positive attitude when snorkeling.

If you are going to a snorkeling spot that you know has some great views a bit deeper down you will need to get there more quickly. This will give you more “bottom time.” There are a few ways to get there quickly depending upon what you consider “deep.” Snorkeling usually means a bit closer to the surface, but if you care to go to 20 or 30 feet think about the gravity you have available to you. As you start your dive from the surface, get your legs all the way out of the water. They should be as close to vertical as possible. As they reach vertical, give a good pull with your arms toward the bottom.  If you do it correctly, this should give you 10-15ft. of depth very quickly. A rock is also a good way to start your dive to the deep, but be sure you know what it will land on when you let it go.

The advanced snorkeling technique that you should become familiar with is the pike dive. First, take a deep breath and bend your body at your waist until your upper body appears perpendicular to the waters surface. Next, extend both of your arms over your head and straighten both legs above you. Now as the added weight of the legs tends to push you beneath the surface begin to stroke with both hands. As soon as your fins are beneath the water surface you can begin to kick. To surface make sure you look up towards the surface while using a flutter kick in your ascend.

Always maintain one hand in the front of yourself to act like a bumper while you are surfacing. The dive itself takes considerable practice to perfect and does in fact require that you develop the ability for being able to clear ones ears.

On some occasions there may be water build up in your mask. Snorkeling becomes more annoying than anything else when this happens. Try placing the wrist of your hand on the top center portion of the mask faceplate and pushing in toward your face. At the same time let some air out of your mouth. The air should displace the water making your snorkeling adventure that much more enjoyable.
Surfing the waves while still having your snorkeling gear on is a tremendous amount of fun. The big trick here is to take your tips from the dolphins. Try to keep up with the wave on a diagonal. Use a fish kick just like the dolphins. Also, make sure you know where you are on the wave. Sucking in some water or getting crushed by a cresting wave is not too much fun. If you drop back a bit, the next wave will be coming or you may be able to catch up with the wave you’re on further down its break.

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