Welcome to Snorkeling and WASAC
Native curiosity often drives the urge to explore the hidden world under the sea. For many holiday makers a cheap mask allows even non-swimmers to look into that strange world from which we are told, we all emerged eons ago.
In order to explore further, and go deeper, into that world, we must swim or perhaps just float, breathing through a snorkel, our mask , the perfect window through which to see small fish darting under the waving fronds of seedweeds, and hermit crabs scuttling from one shelter to another.
For some this attraction is such that nothing will satisfy them but to be able to descend, rest and explore this world without the constraints imposed by our natural need to breathe; and they will probably turn to diving using Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA gear). For many however this may not be the answer; perhaps because of the sheer weight of such equipment, possibly the cost, or even the disciplines its&rsquo; safe use imposes. For these others, snorkelling will allow them to enjoy the undersea world whilst remaining uncluttered with cumbersome equipment.
What is snorkelling?
Simply making short, usually very shallow, breath-holding dives using a mask, a pair of fins and a snorkel tube.
What is needed?
Firstly, the snorkeller should have some basic swimming skills, and should be comfortable and happy with their head under the water. Then, once equipped with mask fins and a snorkel, just a few hours of tuition and practice will allow a beginner to become a safe and competent shallow water snorkeller.
Fitness. As the sport combines the activities of finning and breath-hold diving it is a first class fitness developer, the gentle in water exercise aiding mobility and suppleness.
Educational. This close contact with the underwater world also encourages us to appreciate the beauties of the marine world and the need for its protection and conservation.
Underwater Sports. As a snorkeller, you will be able to enjoy such varied underwater sports as Underwater Rugby!; as well as Underwater Hockey. You may also like to try Bog Snorkelling - if so, have a look at this website. There are also those who use their snorkelling skills for catching fish, crabs and lobsters.
Photography. Housings are now available for many digital cameras at a reasonble costs and there are even disposable underwater cameras available. This allows an extra dimension to your holiday or nature photographs.
Opportunities for learning in Wales.
The British Sub Aqua Club has a well-developed infrastructure for the training of snorkel instructors and basic snorkel training. Their published materials cover all aspects of the sport, its safety and practice both at home and overseas. For more information go to bsac snorkel training.
Or check out how to snorkel for advice on equipment and techniques.
Alternatively contact with your local Leisure Centre may prove fruitful as many have British Sub Aqua Club qualified instructors and offer basic snorkel training, either during school holidays or on their usual club training nights.