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Seventy per cent of the world lies below the surface of the seas, and snorkelling is the first step towards exploring this underwater world.

Snorkelling is underwater swimming using a mask and flippers and breathing through a snorkel. It can be done by everyone, with no age limits, and is often the first chance a young person has to explore beneath the surface of the water.

Snorkelling can be done in swimming pools and the sea alike, both giving opportunities for young people to learn new skills. Swimming pools can be used to teach the basic skills of snorkelling whilst playing games and having fun, and the sea can be more exciting, with the natural world to be explored.

How to run/provide snorkelling

There are 3 ways of running Snorkelling in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running snorkelling yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running snorkelling using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running snorkelling for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for snorkelling is:

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