Last Updated on December 19, 2022 by admin
Here’s everything you need to know if you have never done snorkeling. Cancun Snorkeling offers everyone a place to take the normal snorkeling experience to the next level. Learn everything you need to know about snorkeling in Cancun or anywhere, the equipment needed, and tips for beginners.
Do I need to know how to swim?
You don’t need to be an expert swimmer, but it is important that you have basic knowledge, so you can breathe out without difficulty, and move through the water comfortably. Know that snorkeling is a surface activity. You don’t need to be a Michael Phelps, many non-swimmers snorkel all the time, even kids do it.
But for sure, knowing a little more about the sea and marine life will help you enjoy this experience.
Who can do snorkeling?
There is no minimum age for snorkeling, as we said, kids of all ages can try it and succeed. But, if you are looking to do a snorkeling tour in a protected area, it is only allowed to do it for kids over 6 years old. Still, the person doing the snorkeling should have or develop the following abilities:
- Breathing underwater using snorkeling equipment.
- Keeping your mask or mask well-adjusted and clean.
- Floating in the water without difficulty.
- Following instructions.
- Moving comfortably in the water.
The recommended or more appropriate age at which children start snorkeling is 10 years old. Since this age, they have developed motor skills and are able to follow rules and instructions.
Choose the right place
Not all beaches are suitable for snorkeling and even less if it is the first time you do it. Choose a place that is quiet and with clear waters to enjoy it more. If you comply with the previous advice, about going with an expert monitor, he will know which is the best place to do it.
We suggest that beginners and non-swimmers try this activity near the coast or the beach. This will make your experience on an open sea tour easier and more enjoyable. Because if you combine that fear with inexperience in breathing through a snorkel and wearing a mask, this can be a not-so-fun first experience.
Make sure you explore enough to find a suitable spot that has plenty of fish and marine life to see. If you stay in a boring place for the first time, you will get bored and despair. This is why booking Cancun Snorkeling tours is always the best option. A certified guide will take you to the best spots where, whether you can swim or not, you’ll be able to see the coral reef.
Know you’re equipment
Snorkeling equipment consists of a face mask, a snorkel, and a pair of fins.
If this is your first time snorkeling, be sure to wear a life jacket, it will help you feel safer and more confident.
To do this activity and enjoy the experience you must have the basic snorkeling equipment. This is composed of:
- Respirator or snorkel: It is a plastic or silicone tube that is approximately 40 cm long. This is the one that allows you to breathe while you observe the seabed since a section of it remains out of the water while you are submerged. You put it in your mouth and breathe, remember to relax and breathe normally.
- Diving goggles: Diving goggles or masks not only allow you to see better underwater. They also prevent water from entering through your nose. It is one of the indispensable elements for snorkeling. Make sure the strap is just below the widest part at the back of your skull, and make sure it is tight enough to keep air and water out.
- Diving fins: Diving fins are a very useful complement for snorkeling, although their use is not mandatory. They allow you to move through the water at greater speed, with less effort, and in a more comfortable way. We suggest you try them on and make sure they are not too loose or tight. Don’t put them on until you’re in the water, because it’s hard to walk with them, especially through the sand.
Beware of other snorkelers
Be aware of your surroundings, and don’t forget to keep an eye on where your guide or other swimmers are and how far you are from shore. Don’t put yourself in danger, follow your group tour especially if you’re snorkeling in the open ocean. If you want to, some guides pull a floating device for those who cannot swim, or if you just want to hang on to it for a minute.
Take care of the ecosystem
Finally, take care of the sea as well. If you are snorkeling in a protected area, you’ll see all types of corals and marine life, help us preserve that. Don’t touch the corals, fish, or marine life, follow all the restrictions and rules that your guide tells you. Learn all of this beforehand and don’t be embarrassed to ask any questions. Some areas forbid the use of sunscreen, not even biodegradable is allowed. Know that other regulations like this may apply, but it’s always better to know them beforehand.