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Snorkel Fitting and Proper Use
How To Fit Your Snorkel
Put the mouthpiece inside your mouth with the snorkel tube against your left ear.
Bite down gently on the bite tabs and make sure you don’t have any discomfort against your gums.
Use your lips to seal the front of your mouthpiece to avoid water from leaking in.
Attach the snorkel to your mask. You can make adjustments to the attachment location and angle of your snorkel tube as needed. Fit and comfort are most important.
Practice Breathing With Your Snorkel
When snorkeling, you will only be breathing through your mouth and not your nose. Since this may be the first time you’ve experienced this, especially for kids, it is best to practice. Try using a straw and ask them to sing their favorite song through it while pinching their nose. Make sure you have a camera close by because this can be hilarious.
Without the mask, pinch your nose and breathe in and out through your mouth first. Once you feel comfortable, then breathe in and out with a mask on your face.
Breathe in and out with the snorkel in your mouth.
Immerse your face in the water and try breathing in and out through your snorkel.
How To Clear Your Snorkel
Just because you have a snorkel, this doesn’t mean you can breathe under water. Water can still enter through the top of the snorkel if a wave comes or if it dips below the surface. To avoid swallowing water, you will need to clear the snorkel. The “snorkel clear” is the technique of exhaling “HUH” and blowing any water out of the tube, either out through the top or through the purge at the base (not all snorkels come with a purge valve).
Start by filling up your snorkel with the water.
With the water still in the tube, push your tongue against the mouthpiece and then exhale from your belly. If water shoots out from the top of the snorkel, the clear is a success! If it comes out your nose, you may want to start over…
Now you can practice wearing your mask and snorkel and submersing your head in water. For kids, you may want to try this in the bathtub. It can be fun to put some toys under the surface for them to view.