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.
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:
Always remember, non-swimmers should never snorkel alone and should always wear a flotation device.
Invest in high-quality equipment. This would help you enjoy your snorkeling experience.
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.
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.