Swimming is as simple as floating and pushing. Swimming well or effectively might require a little more technique, and for experienced swimmers adding recreational activities such as snorkeling increase aquatic enjoyment. Snorkeling is done from a stomach floating position so that the wonders and hidden treasure of the sea can be viewed.
A snorkeling mask should include a soft and flexible skirt that fits snugly over a person’s face. It should have a clear face plate made of either plastic or safety glass. The mask will keep water out of a diver’s nose and eyes and allow a view of underwater. The fit of the mask can be checked prior to putting the strap on. Inhaling will create suction and provide a quick test of whether or not the mask will fit properly. Once the mask is properly in place a snorkel can be added. Snorkels should be soft and have a comfortable mouthpiece. When attached to a mask it should remain upright while swimming and allow for easy breathing while a diver’s face is submerged. Any water that accidentally gets inside the snorkel can be expelled with a sharp puff of air to clear it. Breathing through the snorkel should come fairly easy. Snorkels come in various sizes, but it is not recommended to use a snorkel longer than 16 inches. Snorkels with purge valves are far easier to keep clear than those without.
With equipment in place it is now time to begin snorkeling. All snorkeling begins with a prone or front float. Fall forward with arms extended in front and breathe. The front float while wearing a snorkel is an easy technique to master. From this position depending on a swimmer’s level of expertise propulsion can be added. A standard knee bend leg kick is noisy and creates lots of splashing, but it will get the job done until swimmers are ready to move onto more difficult techniques.