Snorkeling Course

WELCOME

Snorkeling is a much loved sport, it is an easily accessible way of exploring the underwater world. You don’t need much equipment and the techniques used only taking a short time to learn, but it is worth learning the skills properly. This sport has become widely popular and is catered for worldwide. Details on how to contact us are at the bottom of this page.

Although snorkeling takes a short time to learn, it is a sport that can constantly challenge and takes a long time to get really proficient. The range of snorkeling sites across the world provide something for all ages and abilities. Snorkel diving allows intimate interaction with some stunning sub-marine environments and species.

Snorkeling is also essential to those that wish to participate in Octopush, the aquatic hockey game where teams of 8 attempt to push a weighted puck into the opponents submerged goal.

Our Instructor is qualified with multiple agencies to teach snorkelling since 1993 and can offer courses as well as taster sessions. He is qualified with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club), AIDA the Freediving agency and has taught SSI (Scuba Schools International) courses too.

COURSE COST £32

For the two evening training sessions per person. Minimum two people.

Course Outline

  • Duration:
    2 evenings, 2 hours theory, 2 hours pool time
  • Open Water Session:
    Optional, arranged at a mutually convenient time
  • Equipment:
    All Snorkelling equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price including pool fees.
  • Requirements:
    Medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop.
  • Price: £32 for the two evening training sessions per person. Minimum two people

Equipment

You only need a few bits of equipment which include:

    Fins

    These are plastic, fibre glass or carbon fibre blades, attached to rubber foot pockets that we use to propel ourselves through the water. The large surface of the fins allow a large amount of forward momentum to be gained for minimum effort. It is worth paying a bit extra for these as they will help you on the days you may find yourself swimming against a current for example.

    Mask

    The most essential part of your snorkeling equipment to make sure fits comfortably, is your mask. They are clear so we can see underwater. They have the nose enclosed to help with our breathing and so that the ears can be ‘cleared’ when we dive any depth under the water.. Made from a number of materials with differing benefits, it is essential that you have a good mask that fits before you snorkel.

    Snorkel

    Snorkels come in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials, and allow snorkel divers to breathe underwater whilst keeping their faces submerged. Again it is important to get a comfortable snorkel that does not cause you any pain in your mouth. A simple ‘J’ tube is sufficient, but for extra cost you can get self purging snorkels, chimneys on the top to stop water getting in or no the full face time mask/snorkel combo like the easybreath snorkeling mask. We can advise on the best equipment for you to use.

    Wetsuit

    Wetsuits are usually used by snorkelers in colder climates. In addition to warmth they also add a layer of protection from scrapes, jelly fish stings, sun burn and bumps on rocks.

IMPORTANT NOTE

There are a few important points that all snorkelers should be aware of:

Only ever go into the water at designated sites where help is obtainable, Know the area that you are snorkeling in and if there are any areas to avoid

Avoid Snorkeling alone. An overwhelming number of accidents happen to divers who go it alone, so having a buddy with you is a valuable asset in case of mishap. Choose a buddy who you are comfortable with and stay close together while you are out. And don’t snorkel if you cannot swim..

Always wear purpose made, quality, snorkeling equipment rather than very cheap imitation gear.

Minimise contact with the reef or kicking up the bottom in silt or mud for the health of the environment and your own

Remember to equalize the pressure in your ears if diving down while snorkeling – do it early and often (as a guide – once for every meter you descend). If it hurts – stop! LEARN FROM AN INSTRUCTOR HOW TO DO THIS.

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but memories

In cold water wear some form of thermal protection. Neoprene suits are used for this purpose, and they also provide protection against knocks, stings or scrapes.

In a warm climate always wear a t-shirt when snorkeling, many sun protection creams are not fully waterproof, and are slowly washed off. Thus those that stay out snorkeling for prolonged periods can expose themselves to a risk of being burned.

There is much more advice these are just some of my favourites.

Snorkeling is a skilled sport, there are many benefits of taking a course with an experienced instructor so you may benefit from efficiency, longer dive times, increased safety and comfort, and avoiding wasting money on inappropriate equipment.

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To join this course you will need to register first. You will receive an email form with available course dates and a payment link.

Following this you will then receive a course confirmation email including relevant course material to study in your own time prior to the course day. You will also receive both the AIDA Liability and Medical form. Please make sure you complete and sign these prior.

Any information you give us will only be used for communicating with you and for further course information and we will not share your information with any third parties.

AVAILABLE COURSE DATES

Check available course dates below. To book, register first and pick a course date from the online form dropdown options.

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Is all the equipment included?

Yes – all equipment is provided, the school carries full kit, enough to kit several groups at once, so sizing is rarely an issue.

Cross overs – if I am already a certified Freediver with another agency?

We have a cross over chart so that we can enrol you onto the appropriate course. Also those agencies that are not recognised, we can find fair ways of enrolling you onto the appropriate course and getting value from it. A freediver is a freediver, as well as rules being rules.

What is the minimum age?

18 years to become an AIDA Freediver, if you have parental permission and you are joining with a parent, the age is 16 years of age.

From the time I complete the pool and theory, and do the open water, how long do I have to complete the qualification?

12 months unless you visit us in-between that time and do some refresher training, then it can last another 12 months from that date. It is also possible to be signed off at AIDA 2* Pool Freediver level (you would be charged a nominal fee for the certification if doing it using this method). Most […]

Do I need to be fit to do this course?

You can get fit doing the sport! General health is important for safety, you will get a medical form to fill in, it is a self-declaration form. If you have any significant medical problems (heart/lungs, diabetes, asthma for example) you would need to see a Doctor first to see if the sport was for you. […]

Is there any self-study to do?

We have put together some useful exercises and a reading pack for you to help you during the course. It is not compulsory to do this, however highly recommended.

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Your Instructor

Steve Millard

AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor

Gary Lowe

Freediving Instructor & Aida International Judge

John Moorcroft

Althlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor

Mandy Buckley

Freediving Instructor & Aida International Judge

Matthias Ruttimann

Athlete & Freediving Instructor

Bart Lubecki

Athlete & Freediving Instructor