Snorkelling Tips for Beginners

Snorkelling is a great way to explore the Great Barrier Reef on a Whitsunday reef tour. Especially for beginners, or those who do not wish to go scuba diving, snorkelling is the perfect way to discover the magic of the undersea world in this incredible heritage site.

If you have never been snorkelling before, it might be a little intimidating. Here are some tips for beginner snorkelers to keep in mind before diving in the water on their Whitsunday reef tour.

Make Sure Your Mask Fits

Your mask needs to have a good seal so that water doesn’t leak in. Put your mask on and try to breathe through your nose. The mask should stick to your face. Does it fall off or air leak in? If it does, you might need a different size mask, or maybe you have some hair in the way. It is vital that your mask is the right size.

Make Sure Your Fins Fit

Your fins should be secure and comfortable. You don’t want them to be too tight or they will be uncomfortable to swim in and difficult to get on and off when your feet are wet. But you also don’t want them to fall off. Put them on and see if you can comfortably wriggle your toes. If you can, they should be fine.

Keep Your Vision Clear by Defogging Your Mask

Rub a bit of toothpaste in your mask and wash it out to help keep your mask defogged. If it becomes fogged during your swim, rubbing a bit of saliva in it can also help.

Practice Breathing

We all know how to breathe, but it’s a little different with a snorkelling mask on! Put your mask on out of the water and practice breathing through your mouth to get used to the feeling. Once you are confident breathing with your mask out of the water, you will be more prepared for how it will feel under the water.

Listen and Don’t Push Yourself

If you are a beginner at snorkelling, it’s important not to push yourself. You want to enjoy discovering the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, so relax! Listen to the friendly crew who will help you get the most out of your time in the water and also ensure that you stay safe.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 2000 species of fish, and a coral ecosystem that makes up their home. You can also see turtles, humphead wrasse and more. Snorkel with confidence on your Whitsunday reef tour and dive in the water to become part of this amazing undersea world.