Snorkelling is fun, easy to learn and an ideal way to build up confidence in the water. It is accessible to anyone – young or old – an enjoyable pastime for the whole family. On the first Friday of every month, Lords Meadow Leisure Centre offers a drop-in session for those who want to expand their current skills or even try snorkelling for the first time.
Linda Steer, swimming wo-ordinator, said: “With a fully trained British Sub Aqua Club instructor poolside to answer questions or give advice, this is a perfect opportunity to get ready for the long hot summer ahead, discover the amazing underwater sights our very own coastline has to offer, or making the most of holidays abroad. To learn how to snorkel safely, just come along to the drop-in sessions on the first Friday of every month between 8 and 9.15pm. These unstructured, friendly sessions are open to everyone and are great fun too.”
Lords Meadow Leisure Centre also offers a number of comprehensive beginners courses in snorkelling throughout the year. These courses are aimed at the entire family. Anyone who can swim 25m (one length of the pool) can learn how to snorkel. The courses run over several weeks, starting with a one-hour classroom session on understanding equipment, background knowledge and how to snorkel safely. The rest of the sessions are all in the pool with practical lessons and time to apply newly found skills.
Snorkelling is a skilled sport which can be undertaken at different levels with different difficulties. Although some view training for snorkelling as unnecessary, there are many advantages with undertaking an official training course. As a low-cost sport, snorkelling could be used as a way of an introduction into scuba diving, as many of the scuba diving techniques are mirrored by snorkelling.
Snorkelling provides far more than a ‘stepping stone’ on the way to becoming a diver, but does teach skills vital to divers and snorkelers alike.
Equipment is inexpensive and can be purchased from the centre. Visit the website or call 01363 776190 for more details including course dates for 2011.