Snorkeling: *All levels: Complete all steps*


  1. How is a snorkel mask different from regular swimming goggles?
  2. Why is it important to clean the lenses of a brand new mask?
  3. What is the mask skirt? Why should you look for masks with a silicone mask skirt instead of a plastic one?
  4. Why is it important to have your hair pulled back or recommended to wear a swim cap while wearing your snorkel mask?
  5. Is it true that the tighter your snorkel mask fits the better it works? why or why not?
  6. How can you tell if your mask fits your face properly?
  7. Once your find the right mask for you and clean it properly practice using your mask in the pool or bathtub.
  8. Did you get water in your mask? Let’s practice clearing your mask.

For younger children, stand in the shallows and simply dump the water out of the bottom of the mask without taking it off completely.

Older kids can clear their mask underwater by blowing through their nose and having the water evacuate. Or they can stand in the shallow end where they can either kneel or stand and press on the top of their mask while they quickly expel air through their nose and out the bottom of the mask.

Practice clearing your mask


  1. What is the bore of the snorkel?
  2. How can you tell if your snorkel fits properly?
  3. What happens if you use a snorkel that does not have the right size bore for you?
  4. Practice breathing in the water by standing in shallow water and sticking your face in the water.

How did that feel? Were you worried that you wouldn’t be able to breathe?

Try again. Were you more comfortable this time?

Did you get some water in your snorkel?

  1. Let’s learn to the purge the snorkel.

Similar to how you would clear the mask you can simply go to the shallow water and dump the water from the snorkel.

The proper way to purge is by expelling air quickly through the purge valve on the bottom of the snorkel. This can be done in or out of the water. Try it while standing—you can even make a game of it by trying to spray others in your family or group.


Fins may not be something smaller kids are okay with wearing.

  1. When putting on fins you should use the "Figure four" method. What is the “figure four" method and why is it the most efficient way to put on fins??

Practice on the stairs of the pool or in very shallow water

  1. When snorkeling with fins at the beach, it is best to approach the water walking backwards. Why would you want to do this?
  2. Practice using your fins in the water while lying on your back and using the flutter kick. Demonstrate your flutter kick for your group.
  3. Why should you kick with your hips and not your ankles or knees?


  1. You should always be mindful of other swimmers and snorkelers. What are some things that can happen if you’re not careful to watch for others around you?
  2. Sunscreen is always a smart choice when you’re out in the summer sun. When you’re snorkeling the sun can be even more dangerous to your skin. Why is it especially important to wear sunscreen while you snorkel?
  3. When snorkeling in the ocean or lake you should keep an eye out for dangerous wildlife.

Name 5 creatures that may be potentially dangerous to you while snorkeling.

  1. You should always know where lifeguard swim zones are located and what the water conditions are in the area when you plan to snorkel.

What are swim zones?

What types of water conditions are ideal for snorkeling and what types are potentially hazardous?

  1. When you snorkel you should use the buddy system.

Why should you not snorkel alone and stay within arm’s reach of your buddy?

Host a family swim party and show off your new snorkeling skills

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