10 Tips for Snorkelling With Your Kids

by Catalin Andries on January 16, 2024

Snorkelling offers an unparalleled opportunity for families to bond, create lasting memories, and foster a deep appreciation for nature.

Whether you have seasoned snorkelers or beginners in your family, this thrilling activity caters to all ages, making it an ideal choice for a fun-filled day out. In this article, we'll delve into ten fantastic tips and ideas for snorkelling as a family, ensuring that you have a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience beneath the waves.

1. Choose the Right Snorkelling Spot

Picking the perfect snorkelling location is crucial for an enjoyable family outing. Look for places with calm and shallow waters, especially if you have young children or inexperienced snorkelers.

Protected bays, lagoons, and designated snorkelling areas in marine reserves are often excellent choices. These spots usually have minimal currents and ample marine life, making them safe and captivating for the entire family.

Research the snorkelling location beforehand to learn about the marine life you might encounter, as this can add excitement and education to the experience. Ensure that the destination you choose has the necessary facilities, such as restrooms, picnic areas, and easy access to the water.


2. Safety First

While snorkelling is generally a safe activity, it's essential to prioritise safety, especially when exploring with children. Before heading into the water, ensure that everyone is equipped with properly fitting snorkelling gear. Teach little ones how to use the equipment effectively, and practice in shallow waters first.

A cardinal rule of snorkelling is to never touch or disturb marine life, as some creatures can be dangerous or easily stressed. Familiarise yourself and your family with the local underwater environment and potential hazards.

If there are areas with strong currents, it's best to avoid them, as they can pose risks, even for confident swimmers. Always keep a close eye on each other, and establish a system of buddy pairs, where no one snorkels alone.

3. Encourage Marine Conservation

Snorkelling provides a unique opportunity to witness the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems up close. Use this chance to instil a sense of responsibility for the oceans and marine life in your family. Talk to your children about the importance of preserving these environments and the impact of pollution, climate change, and overfishing.

Consider organising a beach cleanup before or after your snorkelling adventure, involving the whole family in removing litter and debris from the shoreline.

You can also join local or global marine conservation organisations and support their initiatives. Encourage your children to be responsible snorkelers by emphasising the significance of leaving no trace and respecting the underwater world.

4. Dive into Underwater Photography

Capture the magic of snorkelling as a family by engaging in underwater photography. Nowadays, waterproof smartphones and action cameras make it easier than ever to document your underwater experiences.

Underwater photography also presents an excellent opportunity for educational purposes. Encourage your kids to identify and learn about the fish and other creatures they photograph. This way, snorkelling becomes not just a recreational activity but also a means of learning about marine biodiversity and ecosystems.

If you’re interested in learning more about underwater photography, we have a whole article dedicated to it!

5. Snorkel Games and Exploration

To make snorkelling even more enjoyable for the whole family, incorporate some fun games and exploration challenges. For instance, you can create a snorkelling scavenger hunt where each family member tries to find specific fish or objects underwater. Another exciting game is "Simon Says" but with snorkelling movements, where one person takes the lead, and others mimic their underwater actions.

Encourage curiosity and exploration by observing marine life from a distance and trying to identify different species. Bring along a waterproof field guide or use smartphone apps that can help identify the fish and other creatures you encounter.

6. Snorkelling at Night

For a unique and magical experience, consider snorkelling at night with your family. Many snorkelling spots offer guided night snorkelling tours that allow you to witness a whole new world of nocturnal marine life. Bioluminescent plankton, hunting octopuses, and sleeping parrotfish are just a few of the fascinating creatures you might encounter.

The underwater landscape transforms under the glow of underwater flashlights, creating an enchanting and memorable adventure for the entire family. Before embarking on a night snorkelling adventure, make sure that everyone is comfortable swimming in the dark and that you have proper illumination and safety gear. Remember, this activity might be a bit much to chew for newbies, so plan accordingly!

7. Snorkelling with Educational Guides

Enhance your family's snorkelling experience by joining guided tours led by marine biologists or naturalists. These experts can provide valuable insights into the marine ecosystem, explain the behaviours of various marine species, and identify the underwater flora and fauna.

Educational guides can turn snorkelling into an interactive and enriching learning opportunity for both kids and adults! Their knowledge and passion for marine life can spark curiosity and foster a deeper appreciation for the ocean's wonders.

8. Try Snorkelling from a Boat

Explore different snorkelling sites and enjoy the convenience of having a boat as your base by engaging in boat-based snorkelling. Many family-friendly snorkelling excursions take you to multiple locations, maximising your chances of encountering diverse marine life.

Snorkelling from a boat also offers a comfortable and safe platform for children, especially those who might feel uncomfortable swimming in open water. It allows you to access more remote and less crowded spots, ensuring a more exclusive and peaceful experience.

9. Choose the Right Gear

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10. Snorkelling Games for Skill Development

Transform snorkelling into an opportunity for skill development by introducing games that improve swimming, snorkelling, and breath-holding abilities. For instance, set up an underwater obstacle course using floating buoys or weighted hoops that your family must swim through or under.

Play games that challenge participants to hold their breath for progressively longer durations while observing marine life beneath the surface. These activities not only make snorkelling more enjoyable but also build confidence and competence in the water.


Final Thoughts

Snorkelling as a family provides a fantastic way to connect with nature, build lasting memories, and nurture a sense of wonder for the underwater world.

Even if none of the above ten snorkelling ideas sparked your interest, as long as you experience snorkelling as a family, you’re already on the right track!

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