5 people wearing a mask, fins, and life jacket snorkel at the punta nizuc reef in Cancun.

How to Wear Your Mask, Snorkel, and Fins

If you’re planning a trip to Cancun, Mexico, then you must try snorkeling to witness the crystal-clear waters, breathtaking coral reefs, and a diverse range of marine life. Snorkeling is a fun and easy activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their age or experience level. To ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time underwater, it is important to know how to use your snorkeling gear correctly. In this article, we’ll guide you through the proper way to wear your mask, snorkel, and fins.

 

How to wear a snorkel mask:

  • It’s crucial to get the fit right. Make sure there are no hairs tangled within the mask that might cause the seal to fail.
  • With the strap, you may need to make a few small fitting modifications. Contrary to common belief, a tighter strap increases the likelihood that the mask will leak.
  • Your mask will fit a little bit more snugly on the bottom portion of your face if you adjust the strap on the rear of your head.
  • It may be difficult for men with mustaches to get the ideal seal, therefore it’s advised to cut a clean line between the top of the mustache and the base of the nose.
  • Before putting on the mask, pull your hair back so that it won’t get in the way of the mask’s seal on your face.
  • At the rear of the head, the strap should be horizontal or slightly elevated toward the top.
  • Placing the tube at the proper height will allow it to rest comfortably at mouth height.
  • Remember that the tube’s other end has to be above the water.

 

How to use your snorkel:

  • Always position the tube on the left side of the mask. Some snorkels have a curved mouthpiece to increase comfort, so if you forget to place it on the left, you could soon recall if you do.
  • It’s crucial to firmly seal your lips around the mouthpiece while inhaling via the snorkel. Breathe through it rather than around it is the trick.
  • When you swim to the surface, you will breathe through your snorkel. You can observe the area below you as a result without taking your head out of the water.
  • Use your tongue as a splash guard by pressing it up against the roof of your mouth to prevent water inhalation. If water gets into your mouth before you breathe it in, this will warn you.

 

Breathing through your snorkel:

  • Breathing via the snorkel is a little difficult due to its length and diameter. Although under normal circumstances this shouldn’t have a detrimental impact on your breathing, if you strain yourself it could be difficult to breathe via the snorkel.
  • Because of this, during snorkeling you should relax and take it easy.

 

Here are some tips on how to use your snorkel fins:

  • Steer clear of using your hands to assist you move through the water. Let your fins take care of it instead. To remind yourself not to use your hands, place them in front of you or behind you at the small of your back.
  • Instead of merely kicking from the knees down, use a straight-legged kick that involves the complete leg. You may navigate the water more effectively by kicking in this manner.
  • Place your feet so that you seem to be standing on your tiptoes in the water. While it differs from how you would walk on land, this stance puts your fins in the right place for kicking.
  • Keep your fins from dragging in the water. The bicycle kick is a motion that drains a lot of your energy and makes you go slowly.
  • When you navigate across the more crowded underwater habitat, slow down a little. You’ll be able to move more effectively and use less energy as a result.
  • Increase the width of your kicks, and you’ll find yourself gliding nearly easily in no time. You’ll improve your movement fluidity and acclimate to the sea environment with practice.

 

Snorkeling is a great pastime for people of all ages and skill levels. If you wear your mask and fins properly, you’ll have a much better time and be more efficient when snorkeling. Now that you have this advice, you may dive into the beautiful aquatic life of Cancun, Mexico.

Cancun Tours and activities in the hotel zone

Find out for yourself why Cancun is such a popular holiday spot by visiting the Hotel Zone when you are there.  It is time to see what kinds of things you can do to have fun in Cancun’s hotel zone, such as driving your speedboat through the canals of the Nichupté lagoon, riding a jet ski at full speed, sailing to Isla Mujeres on an all-inclusive cruise, or even flying a parachute and observing the emerald green color of the Cancun Sea from above, among many other amazing things to do.

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The jungle tour adventure is a water activity in which you operate a speed boat and snorkel in Punta Nizuc; for more details, see the previous link.

 

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The Jungle Tour Adventure in Plaza la Isla shopping mall is a water activity that departs from this shopping center in Cancun and includes driving a speed boat and snorkeling in the Punta Nizuc coral reef; for more information, see the previous link.

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Suresh Chandrasekaran
Suresh Chandrasekaran
1. January, 2024.
Great adventure . Awesome crew
Satish Vathare
Satish Vathare
1. January, 2024.
Wow! It was super awesome trip… con de mi familia… 😀 Our guide was Carlos and was so good and funny across the speedboat ride. He has provided detailed instructions and checked and taken care of the equipment properly which helped my snorkelling experience best ever. He also showed us beautiful colourful fishes, star fish, corals and iguana 🦎 too! Wow! What a trip experience it was.
yan wang
yan wang
29. December, 2023.
The actual content is basically same as it described beforehand. Two hours are very solid. Half an hour cross the lagoon and mangrove to the outside of Punta Nizuc. Then one hour snorkeling over a rope enclosed reef zone. The reef is a bit deserted but understandable, many other companies are also snorkeling at the same place.
Roland Lindner
Roland Lindner
25. December, 2023.
It was fun to ride the speed boats and we also enjoyed the snorkeling. All equipment was good and well maintained. The snorkel was new and wrapped in plastic. I recommend this activity and company.
Sakariya Vikas
Sakariya Vikas
24. December, 2023.
Amazing experience and the guide was really nice. Best photo by Aaron. Thank you guys for making it memorable.