If you are willing to practice snorkling for the first time, there are some basic tips which you should learn in order to succeed at it. You can learn some of these tips through the next paragraphs as well as we recommend you to ask for the advice of an expert before practicing the sport.
The first thing you should do before snorkling is relax. You should not enter into the water nervous or stressed since this would make you loose power and control over your body and your movements. You need to be able to feel good and comfortable in the water in order to be in control of yourself and your body.
Before snorkling you should also practice wearing the equipment while floating in the water. This will allow you to become familiar with it and its weight. You can also practice by floating in a horizontal position, whether it is facing down or up. You should also remember that objects look closer in the water, and it is important that you learn how to recognize the real distance between you and an object while being in the water.
You should also be aware that a wave can bring water into your snorkel or mask and you would need to keep your calm while this happens and you fix it; if you loose control it would only make you loose more oxygen than you should. Therefore, it is also recommendable that you practice how to keep your breath and go up to the surface to clear your snorkel from the water which might enter.
It is also important to learn how to correctly use your fins which might be not as easy as it seems. You should also practice walking with them on the floor or on the boat in order to become familiarized with them. You should also try them into the water in order to learn how to control your movements while wearing them. It is highly recommendable that you practice wearing all your snorkeling equipment while being into the water before you actually practice snorkling.
Source: Diver Pillot