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Getting Comfortable Underwater When Snorkeling

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In the water you can communicate using gestures you and your companions will quickly establish a vocabulary of signs and gestures. Once you begin to get a little more comfortable with your skills, you may want to get a little closer to what you see. All you need are a few simple hints. The easiest way to descend is to take advantage of the thrust given by the weight of your legs raised out of the water.

As you descend you will notice the strange feeling of pressure in your ears. Don’t worry- this is entirely normal and it’s easy to fix. The mask has a pocket for your nose. If you dive below the surface- simply pinch your nose and then blow gently against your fingers pinching your nose. This is called compensation or equalization, and it balances the pressure that the water creates on your ear drums. Don’t blow too hard and if you are unable to equalize the pressure do NOT continue your descent. Colds, stuffiness and other temporary factors can make this difficult. Stop for the day and you’ll see that next time things will be better. 

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