Discover Snorkeling

Why Discover Snorkeling?

70% of the world lies just below the surface and PADI's Discover Snorkeling is the first step towards exploring the underwater world. Take your first step with confidence with helpful tips and suggestions to make the most of your glimpse into the watery world.

What do I need to start?

  • Minimum Age: none
  • A completed and signed Discover Snorkeling/Skin Diving Statement

What does it take?

  • The desire to see a brand new world.

How long will it take?

  • Approximately 60 minutes

What will I need?

  • Discover the Underwater World video
  • Discover the Underwater World-The Snorkeler's Field Guide

Your Next Adventure

After skimming the surface of the underwater world, there is no where to go but down, below the surface that is. PADI Discover Scuba/Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Scuba Diver, PADI Open Water certification and the wide variety of PADI programs that will help you safely explore the underwater world are available to help you further your adventure.

Other Information

Purpose : A snorkel lets you breathe with your face in the water, and to breathe more easily when waves are splashing about, without wasting air from your scuba tank. It’s especially useful when your cylinder is nearly empty and you have a long wait or swim to the boat or shore.

Also known as : schnorkel

Required features

Comfortable mouthpiece – Avoids jaw fatigue and chafing.

Proper fit and location – Secures to mask strap so it’s readily available when you need it, yet out of the way when not used.

Desirable features

Self drain – Valve below mouthpiece that assists clearing water from the snorkel.

Large bore – A wide diameter allows for easier air flow and more comfortable breathing.

Smooth curves – Gentle bends reduce breathing resistance.

Optional features

Flex design – Allows snorkel to swing out of the way when not in use.

Quick connect – Allows you to easily attach and detach your snorkel from your mask strap, which is convenient for travel and storage.

How to choose a snorkel

A snorkel should fit comfortably in your mouth with the tip at the crown of your head. The vast majority of snorkels will do this easily with adjustment, so your primary selection considerations are mouthpiece comfort and features.

Tips

  • Snorkels come in handy on all dives so make a habit of having yours with you even on dives where you think you won’t need it.

 

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