Snorkel Flip Turns

Snorkel flip turns can be tricky at first.  Although, once you get the hang of it, you'll likely never turn back. Below are several tips from swimmers who have mastered the art of flip turns.

  • Get comfortable using your snorkel without a flip.  Using a kick board can help tremendously. Hold the board at the bottom and on the sides, giving your head enough room to look down in the water. Gently submerge your chin, then mouth, then nose and forehead progressively as you feel comfortable.
  • Each time you approach the wall, breathe out almost all of your air, about 80%.  Get comfortable holding your breath for a few more seconds without letting water enter your nose.  This helps you build the capacity and confidence to hold your breath without the stress of rotating.
  • Progress to adding a rotation and then stop at the wall.  Assess how you feel and then push off like normal. Do this several times.
  • Finally, add rotation while exhaling your air (80%).  Use the 20% of air, or whatever you have left, to blow out remaining water as you streamline off the wall. 

Keep practicing and don't give up. You can do it!

Our favorite snorkel is linked here.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
~Coach Marli