Many people who have never tried SCUBA diving, or know someone who dives, seem to have this irrational fear of being trapped underwater, with nothing but an air tank to keep them alive. While this concept can certainly be unnerving, there is no reason that anyone should jump right into SCUBA diving if their fears have not been allayed. A good portion of experienced — and now addicted! — divers started out with snorkeling, which is akin to learning to walk before you can run. Snorkeling eases your body and mind into breathing underwater, allowing the feeling to start making sense in your brain rather than setting off alarms. One of the best things about snorkeling is that any person of any age can do it, with just a few simple instructions and tips to keep in mind. You certainly don’t have to learn to snorkel to SCUBA dive, but it helps to have an understanding of it in case diving isn’t possible and you still want to be in the water. Here’s a really easy-to-understand video that explains the steps to snorkeling, including the equipment you’ll need. If you have even the slightest interest in SCUBA diving, but aren’t sure you’re ready, don’t be afraid to take up snorkeling. You may just surprise yourself with what you’re capable of!
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