Snorkeling techniques

Snorkeling is an activity in which with very little experience you can move very fast in terms of improving the technique.

A good technique when snorkeling will avoid getting tired quickly and concentrate our efforts on observing the marine environment and even descend a few meters to closely observe the depths.

For beginners, you just have to consider the following fundamental tips:

The snorkeling mask and tube

The snorkel mask should be held on our face without the headband to verify that no water will enter. For this we place it without the tape and inspire with the nose to see that it holds.

To prevent fogging, it is most common to spit on the mask glass and clean it with a little water, although there is a much more effective trick to prevent fogging:

Snorkel masks have a paraffin layer inside the tempered glass. To avoid fogging we must burn that layer of paraffin with a lighter until the glass turns black and we see that layer is peeled off. This must be done very carefully so as not to damage the silicone of the mask.

Before entering the water, we must ensure that the tube is securely attached to the mask to prevent the tube from moving and even that we can lose it.

Once in the water, in case of removing the mask, always place it on the neck and not on the head. It is quite common to lose the mask by wearing it on the head.


Water entrance

When entering the water, it should be done without the fins on; we will equate them in water. It is convenient to have tried the mask before and placed the tube.

We must find a suitable place to properly equip ourselves, avoid accidents and avoid the loss of our equipment. Overconfidence due to the type of activity we are going to do is the biggest cause of accidents.

In case of being a rock sea bottom where we can cut ourselves or where there may be hedgehogs, it is convenient to use booties and even gloves.



Flapping should be smooth and leisurely; in the water, even on the surface, everything should go slower and calmer. Try flapping without pulling the fin tips above the surface, and better use the frog technique, or the breaststroke style.

In case of finding a strong current we must maintain the flapping rhythm to avoid a quick fatigue and flapping perpendicular to the sea current until leaving it.



Breathing is essential; Don’t stop doing it, but always calmly, slowly, and calmly.

In the same way as in the case of flapping, in case of finding current we must maintain the rhythm of breathing until leaving it.

If water enters through the snorkel, do not worry, make a strong blow while you take out your head, throwing it back.


Now, you only have to choose your destination, and consider snorkeling as one more activity in your trips to the coast.