How to Snorkel

How to Snorkel. If you want a better look at what’s underwater,
all you have to do is snorkel. You will need Mask Snorkel Fins Water and
toothpaste (optional). Step 1. Find a mask that fits your face and a snorkel. Attach the snorkel by sliding its hook through
the strap on the side of the mask. Carry the mask, snorkel, and fins into a shallow
part of the water. Step 2. To keep your mask from fogging, rub saliva
around its interior and dunk it in the water. Then, bring it to your face, place the straps
around your head, and pull them until the mask is snug, but not tight. Hold your face underwater briefly to ensure
the mask doesn’t leak. Before using a brand new mask, rub the inside
with toothpaste — not gel — and then rinse it with warm water to help prevent it from
fogging. Step 3. Place the snorkel’s mouthpiece in your mouth
and breathe through it. Practice putting your face in the water and
breathing in and out through your mouth as you rest your teeth lightly on the rubber
tabs. Step 4. Lift your feet out of the water, put on your
fins, and push off the ground lightly to begin swimming. Kick your legs calmly and evenly to propel
you through the water, keeping your fins below the surface and your body parallel to the
sea floor. Do not position yourself perpendicularly,
as you are more likely to step on live coral or stir up sand and debris. Step 5. If water enters your snorkel, clear it by
exhaling a short burst of air, similar to saying the word “two.” If that fails, lift your head out of the water,
take out the mouthpiece, turn the snorkel upside down to drain it, and return it to
your mouth. Step 6. Stay aware of your location, your energy level,
and other divers as you relax and enjoy peeking in at the mysteries of the deep. Did you know The coral reef tract off the
coast of the Florida Keys is home to over 5,500 species of marine life.

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