Do you love spending time in the water and venturing out to explore the outdoors? If so, snorkeling would probably be one of your favorite activities! However, like anything else, it takes practice to become a good snorkeler. In this blog post, we will provide some tips and advice on how to improve your snorkeling skills and make the most of your next underwater adventure!

Evaluate Your Goals

When it comes to snorkeling, there is a lot to consider. First and foremost, you must decide how serious you are about the activity. Are you simply looking for basic tips to help you enjoy your vacation, or do you want to become a true snorkeling pro? Your approach to improving your skills will differ depending on your level of commitment.

If you’re looking for some general tips, just do adequate research online (such as this post), or speaking to someone who is more experienced than you can be a great help and ensure you’re snorkeling safely.

However, if you’re determined to become a truly experienced snorkeler, you’ll need to put in a lot more time and effort. You’ll need to practice regularly in confined spaces like pools and in open water. You’ll also need to invest in high-quality gear–this will make a big difference in your comfort and safety while snorkeling. Taking the time to evaluate your level of interest is essential before getting started with snorkeling.

Think About Fitness & Skills

Cardio and breathwork are two areas that you should focus on if you want to improve your snorkeling experience. By building up your cardio, you will be able to swim for longer periods of time without tiring. This is important because snorkeling can be a physically demanding activity, and you want to be able to enjoy it without running out of energy.

In addition, breathwork is great for snorkeling. Not only should you be able to hold your breath for long periods of time, but you also need to know how to control your breathing. This will help you avoid getting water in your lungs while swimming in waves, and it will also help you stay calm underwater. Good breathwork allows you to explore more of the ocean and go underwater more, rather than staying on the surface the entire time. Read more about how to snorkel underwater.

If you can focus on these two areas, you will be well on your way to becoming a better snorkeler.

Snorkeling Tips & Tricks: From Beginner To Expert

In case you don’t already know these, we’ll briefly go over some helpful tips that beginners might not know. Later on, we will go into some more advanced advice.

  • Practice with your snorkeling gear and familiarize yourself with it. The more you know about your gear, the easier time you’ll have with it in the water. Comfort is key.
  • Double-check that you have the right gear and that it fits correctly. Just a tiny bit of research and asking questions can go a long way in avoiding any issues on your day of snorkeling.
  • Start off using all of the basic gear. As a beginner, finding out what works best for you will take trial and error. Your first few times you should use a mask/goggles, a snorkel, fins, and water shoes to protect your feet from coral and rocks.
  • Defog your mask. You can read our full guide on how to stop a snorkel mask from fogging.
  • Use reef-safe sunscreen! While the sunscreen will protect you from getting burnt in the water, reef-safe sunscreen ensures you are protecting the local environment.
  • Use your legs more than your upper body. They support you all day and are much stronger than your arms. This helps you stay out in the water longer.
  • Don’t interfere with sea creatures. Even if they aren’t dangerous, they should not be disturbed. Learn the basics of reef etiquette.
  • Have a snorkeling buddy for safety.

Advanced & Expert Snorkeling Advice

  • When you’re snorkeling, you want to be able to see as much of the underwater world as possible without tiring yourself out. One way to do this is to practice different floating and swimming techniques. By learning how to float effortlessly and move through the water with efficiency, you can level up your snorkeling abilities and explore the reef for hours on end. There are a variety of floating techniques you can try, from the classic dog paddle to more advanced techniques like the eggbeater kick. And when it comes to swimming, practicing your breaststroke or sidestroke can help you move through the water with ease. Next time you hit the beach, take some time to practice your floating and swimming techniques. You’ll be glad you did when you’re out exploring the reef!
  • Most people associate snorkeling with tropical vacations and lazy days spent lounging by the pool. However, there is a lot more to this popular activity than meets the eye. In order to truly enjoy snorkeling, it is important to master the skill of deep breathing and breath control. By taking slow, deep breaths, you will be able to stay underwater for longer periods of time and explore the underwater world at your own pace. In addition, deep breathing will help to prevent fatigue and muscle cramps. Breath control is also key when it comes to snorkeling, exhale slowly and steadily. With a little practice, you will be able to control your breathing and notice a difference in your snorkeling abilities very quickly.
  • There’s no denying that practice makes perfect, and this is especially true when it comes to snorkeling. The more time you spend in the water, the better you’ll become at swimming with a snorkel and observing the underwater world. By gaining experience, you’ll learn how to control your breathing, move through the water effortlessly, and spot interesting fish and other marine life. In addition, you’ll become more comfortable with wearing a snorkel and fins, which will help you enjoy your time in the water even more.
  • Flooded snorkels are a common problem for snorkelers, but they can be easily fixed with a little know-how. The first step is to remove the mouthpiece and purge any water that has entered the snorkel. Next, blow gently into the snorkel to force any remaining water out of the tube. If the snorkel is still flooded, hold the top of the snorkel above the waterline and shake it vigorously to remove any air bubbles that may be trapped inside. Finally, reattach the mouthpiece and take a few practice breaths to make sure that the snorkel is clear. Be careful on your first breath and breathe slowly, as there is likely some leftover water that you don’t want to inhale.

Other General Snorkeling Information

One thing you should consider as a beginner is if you’re going to be snorkeling from a beach or boat. They each come with their unique pros and cons. Read more about boat snorkeling versus beach snorkeling.

As you improve and get better, start looking into buying higher quality snorkeling gear. Every single experienced snorkeler will have their own preferences. Try different gear out, and see what you like the most as you learn.

The key to enjoying snorkeling is to relax and not overthink it. Once you get used to the feeling of breathing through a tube and being in the water, you’ll be able to kick back and take in the beautiful scenery. Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts are a bit adventurous – with a bit of practice, you’ll be snorkeling like a pro in no time.

Come Snorkeling with Kona Snorkel and Sail!

Kona Snorkel and Sail offers a variety of great options for those looking to explore the underwater world. For those who want to snorkel with manta rays, we offer a night snorkeling tour that is sure to create lasting memories. Or, for those who want to see the coral reefs up close, we offer a morning cruise that takes you to some of the best snorkeling spots in Kona. Whether you are a first-time snorkeler or an experienced diver, we have something for everyone. Come visit us today or book your tour now!