You want to snorkel but afraid because you are a non-swimmer? Worry no more! You can actually do snorkeling with a little bit of floating or with the use of a life vest. Snorkeling only requires little swimming. You can simply strap on your snorkel and mask then float on the sea’s surface, and voila! You can start enjoying the underwater sights below. When you slowly develop your confidence in the water, you can start practicing “flutter kick”. This is a technique wherein while you are swimming freestyle, you simply kick efficiently while keeping both legs parallel and quickly flutter up and down with toes pointed. The most important of all is, a non-swimmer should learn using the equipment and later on, become comfortable using it.


Here is a basic guide for non-swimmers to have a more joyful experience snorkeling, gain more confidence while staying safe in the water.

1. Floating Devices

    Non-swimmers are usually not familiar with how to stay afloat. They also don’t know how to do basic propulsion techniques through the water. Maintaining buoyancy is a basic rule of water survival in the open sea environment is very important. The prudent thing to do is wear a personal flotation device and that is our number one priority if you cannot swim. The different types of flotation you can choose are:

    • Snorkel Vest
    • Life jacket or preserver
    • Flotation waist belt
    • Mae West buoyancy aid
    • Cork jacket
    • Flotation suit
    • Water wings and noodle tubes
    • Body Bobber Neoprene saddle

    Always remember, non-swimmers should never snorkel alone and should always wear a flotation device.

    2. Proper Snorkeling Gears

      Invest in high-quality equipment. This would help you enjoy your snorkeling experience.

      • Mask – Make sure the mask fits comfortably. It should not be too tight nor too loose. Practice wearing a mask in shallow water where you can initially stand up when you get anxious or have difficulty in breathing.
      • Snorkel – The snorkel to use should have a feature called self-draining purge valve or a ball valve. If you wear glasses on a daily basis, you may need to invest in a magnifying glass to help you see and appreciate aquatic beauty.
      • Fins – The fins should also fit snugly around your feet. If you happen to use open heel fins, wear booties or thick socks to fit snug.
      3. The Perfect Destination

        The best snorkeling destination for novice or non-swimmers are usually shallow, calm water conditions and not necessarily the one with active marine life. It is highly recommended for non-swimmers to join a supervised tour group that organizes snorkeling with boating activities or those tour operators that cater to families and groups of beginners. Most of these tour operators will give you proper supervision and closer attention.

        4. Basic Water Safety and Survival

          Fatalities caused by snorkeling-related activities are quite low, but it won’t hurt to learn basic water safety and survival. Non-swimmers may even need to practice in a swimming pool. Always make sure that you wear a flotation device. Snorkel in a group with a high number of good swimmers. Adults should always keep an eye on children. Limit snorkeling to shallow areas so it would be easy to stand up. Lastly, stay close to the shoreline.