When it comes to trying your kids out with snorkeling, it is important that you get them used to being in the water. However, do not pressurize your kids in to taking up snorkeling if they are not 100 percent behind the idea, as this will take away a lot of the fun and excitement of the hobby for them.
Like most things in life, a child will only become proficient in snorkeling through practice, lots of practice. It is a good idea to make sure that your child starts the learning process in calm and shallow waters, as they will be able to steady themselves by reaching out with their arms, also shallow waters are beneficial for teaching your child about buoyancy. Being able to master the skill of being able to float will be a yardstick towards carefree and safe snorkeling and it will also build confidence. This is something that will take time, so it is important to be patient with your child and not push them to exceed their limitations and capabilities.
Another valuable skill for your child to learn is the skill of treading water. This is an important skill due to the fact that your child will need to be as comfortable as possible with lifting their head above the surface of the water whenever they need to.Due to the fact that teaching your kids about snorkeling is going to take some time and patience, it is a good idea to make sure that your kids are familiar with the types of snorkeling equipment that they will be using. As an experienced snorkeler yourself, you will already be too well aware of the need to use your equipment the correct way. Teach your child about the skill of making sure that they breathe through their mouth rather than their nose when under the water.
Also, even though a snorkeling mask usually stays dry inside, you will be aware that water can intrude, and another vital skill is to rid the inside of the mask of water in order to maintain visuals.An additional skill that they will need to learn, although it is probably best left until they are much more confident in the water, is the ability to clear the snorkel tube of water should it get in. This is an important skill, as you would not want your child to swallow water if they submerge their head beneath the water.