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How to Prepare Your Equipment for Snorkeling

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Let’s see how to prepare your equipment. The basic components are the mask and breathing tube, called- the snorkel. The mask is for looking and the snorkel is for breathing with your face in the water. In order to move around in the water, a pair of fins will make your movements more efficient and noticeably reduce the effort it takes.

The mask generally consists of one or two lenses, a rigid frame, a soft skirt, and a strap to hold it in place. You should wear the mask like this (photo) the strap should be positioned this way (photo) for maximum comfort. If placed too high (photo), or too low (photo) it will be less effective. It’s important that you learn to adjust the strap well- even with just one hand. Do not over tighten the strap. It makes it irritating to use the mask. The purpose of the strap is just to keep the mask in place. The water itself will ensure a good seal. When you put the mask on, make sure that no hair is trapped inside. This would reduce the sealing effect. You have seen that the mask includes an area for the nose (photo).

This is because you breathe through your mouth using the snorkel. Basically it is a tube with a mouthpiece.  They come in different shapes and sizes. It could be rigid or flexible but in all cases snorkels are designed to avoid swallowing water. The mouthpiece consists of one part that you place between your lips and teeth and two protruding sections that you hold gently between your teeth to keep the mouthpiece in place. Check that the mask and mouthpiece do not bother you during use. There are masks and mouthpieces designed specifically for the physical features of children and women with smaller faces. One device makes it possible to quickly fasten the snorkel to the mask strap. (photo) The possibility for movement allows the snorkel to adapt to different facial shapes. The snorkel tube should be fastened to the left side of the mask. (photo) Check that this position makes it comfortable to use without tiring your jaw.

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