Can you snorkel with kids?

When the summer arrives, you prepare a complete programme of activities for your kids. But have you ever thought of snorkelling with them? Find out how to get your kids started in this underwater activity. 

 

How do you snorkel with kids?
Learning to snorkel with a mask and snorkel

Getting your kids started with a mask and snorkel

The first step of learning to snorkel consists of putting your head underwater. First, your children must become accustomed to wearing a mask and snorkel so that they can learn how to breathe underwater by practising in a pool, or even in your bath. If you want to get started in the sea straight away, always practise at the water’s edge, where your children can touch the bottom. Once they are familiar with the snorkelling equipment, you can proceed to the next step with fins, but only if they know how to swim. In this often crucial step, the size of the snorkel is very important. The diameter, mouthpiece and length of the snorkel must be suited to your child. If they are not, your child will quickly run out of breath. It can be dangerous if the length of the snorkel corresponds to a volume of air that is too large or small for your child when he or she breathes in.~If the mask and snorkel are uncomfortable, you can choose the Easybreath mask, which is designed for adults and children aged over 10 and that offers good visibility while breathing underwater through the nose.

Snorkelling equipment adapted to children 

Snorkelling is a sport that does not require any intense efforts, which means that children are in danger of feeling cold quickly when in the sea. Even when the temperature of the water is reasonable, children can start feeling cold after about just 10 minutes. In this case, snorkelling wetsuits, shorties or a neofun top are examples of good ways of staying warm. Wetsuits can also prevent sunburn, which occurs more frequently in the water, mainly due to the phenomenon of reverberation. Thermally protective clothing also prevents cuts against rocks. Those of you who are fortunate enough to snorkel in tropical waters can wear a UV top. Wear them together with a waterproof sun cream that should be renewed every 2 hours, especially on the backs of your legs and your arms.~These warm garments can also improve buoyancy, something that is very helpful for children. And you can always use other accessories, such as floats, jackets, belts or boards that keep you stable when observing the seabed.

Choosing snorkelling equipment adapted to children

Other important factors: the weather conditions and the environment 

When getting started underwater with your kids, prefer sunny weather and calm waters where there are not many other bathers. This will make your kids feel more confident and they will stand a better chance of admiring the subaquatic fauna. But always remain vigilant and for reasons of comfort and safety, your children should always stay within their depth. In this way, they can take a rest at any time or observe a particular spot. Fins are not essential when they snorkel for the first few times. As we have already mentioned, start off by using a mask and snorkel in spots where your children can touch the bottom. Once your kids feel more confident, proceed to the next step with fins. Start off gradually before total immersion, so that your children can become accustomed to this new accessory. 

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Once they are ready, the adventure can begin!

Have your kids successfully learnt how to snorkel? They are now ready to join a snorkelling club. You will be able to enjoy snorkelling trips with the whole family in France or, for the more fortunate amongst you, in other climes. There are countless spots where you can discover the subaquatic fauna and flora, while sharing this newly found passion! 

Baptiste, Subea digital manager

Baptiste

Digital manager - padi rescue and level 1 ffessm

I'm Subea's Digital Manager. I'm passionate about spear fishing and free diving, and have been scuba diving for over fifteen years. I dive alone down to 60 meters.