Being a non-swimmer usually means you can’t enjoy a wide range of other water sports, but snorkeling isn’t one of them. You don’t have to be a skilled swimmer to give this fun activity a shot, as long as you abide by these four simple rules.
Don’t Do It Alone
Snorkeling on your own is a huge no-no if you’re a non-swimmer. The best thing you can do is join a snorkeling class with a certified instructor or buddy up with someone who’s more experienced than you.
Snorkeling is one of those sports you can’t perform without proper, good-quality gear. Most people rent a mask, fins, and a snorkel for their first snorkeling adventure, but adding a floatation device to the mix is also a good idea.
Choosing the right location can make or break your snorkeling adventure. Beginners should always opt for a location with calm waters and without too many strong currents and underwater hazards. Even if the location you opt for is considered safe, it’s still important to stay aware of your surroundings to avoid hurting yourself and the marine life around you.
The more you relax, the more fun your snorkeling adventure is going to be—you’ll have a hard time enjoying it if you don’t stay calm.