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Snorkeling Tips – Enhance your Underwater Swimming Skills!

Snorkeling remains one of the ideal methods to explore the vast and wonderful world hidden in the ocean. For those just starting out, there are plenty of tips that can help them hone their skills.

1

Put on your mask in a proper manner

This is the first and possibly the most important of tips. The mask you wear should fit your face exactly. Wondering how to get the perfect fit? Keep the mask on your face and breath in with the nose. If the mask doesn't fall off, then that's the one you should go for. If air can leak inside, there is no doubt that water will leak in too, so the right fit is absolutely important. Ensure stray hair is not caught in the seal either.

2

Get the right fins

Similar to the above tip, getting the right pair of fins can make or break your snorkelling experience. The right fin should be a snug fit but not be too tight. This is because a tight fin can hurt or force you to curl your toes, giving rise to cramps. And believe me when I say there is nothing great about getting a cramp deep under the ocean! When choosing the fins, opt for ones that are marginally bigger rather than opting for a smaller size. You will not be able to swim without fins so don't make the foolish choice of not using fins. Since snorkelling is one of the most popular water sports in Maldives Islands, many resorts such as Naladhu Private Island Maldives rent out equipment so getting your hands on the right one should not be too difficult a task.

3

Learn how to defog

This is one of the key things you should do before snorkelling. There is hardly any point in snorkelling if you can not see anything. Some people use gel products known to defog glasses while crushed leaves are also known to work.

4

Practice breathing with a mask

Breathing through a snorkel looks easy but it is definitely harder when you attempt it. Simply try on the mask and try breathing through its tube. A common mistake rookies do is to bite the tube. Make it a point to avoid this as your jaws can turn sore in no time. A remedy for this is to practice a few breathing exercises. One of the best tips dished out over the years has been to practice the calm floating face while underwater. Not only will this make viewing easier but it will also help you focus.

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Know the extent of your capabilities

This is something that is never said enough. It is important that you know your limits and when to stop. There isn't a good enough reason to push past your limitations when snorkelling. Furthermore, it is important that you stay relaxed at all times. This will also make you look less threatening and will help you get the best out of your trip. Another (major) benefit is that the marine life will behave normally around you, allowing you to have a true experience.