BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller
The Dolphin Snorkeller course consists of a series of seven progressive, fun practical sessions. Each session is named after a different type of dolphin and on completion of each session will result in the award of the corresponding dolphin sticker. Each sticker is accompanied with some facts about that dolphin. Once the student has collected all seven dolphin stickers, they will then will awarded the BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller award and certificate.
For Dolphin Snorkeller who wishes to progress to the next level - the BSAC Snorkel Diver, needs only to attend the Snorkel Diver theory lessons and pass the theory assessment. On successful completion of these additional sessions, the student can then apply for the BSAC Snorkel Diver qualification
The Dolphin Snorkeller course is designed to introduce children to the world of snorkeling. This entry-level course is entirely practical and is conducted either in a swimming pool or sheltered/confined water.
The course duration is 1 hour and 45 minutes
The entry requirements for this course are as follows,
· The student must have completed a self declaration ‘Fitness to Snorkel’ and this should be signed by their parents or guardian
· Must be competent in swimming 50 metre (freestyle)
The course starts with the Instructor giving you a brief introducing to the Basic Snorkel Equipment and its use. Basic Snorkeling equipment consists of a Mask, a snorkel, fins and a lifejacket. The Snorkelling Instructor will give you a demonstration on how to fit and adjust each piece of equipment so that it fits properly.
Correct Fining Technique:
The first step in becoming an efficient snorkeler is to learn how to fin correctly. Without mastering this fundament technique, the snorkeler will not only use a lot of energy to propel them through the water, but may also become exhausted.
The snorkel enables use to breath on the surface whilst our face is submerged. From time to time water can splash over the top of our snorkels, which will then drain down to our mouthpiece. Inhaling this water together with our air may cause us to cough and possibly swallow the water. Moreover, when we surface dive down to the reef; on returning to the surface the snorkel will be completely flooded. Learning the correct techniques for snorkel clearing and the surfacing procedure will allow us to expel this water effortlessly.
On rare occasions the mask may collect droplets of water in the bottom of it. This is normal due the disturbance of the lower mask seal due to lose seals or from movement of the mouth or facial expressions. This water will therefore need to be cleared effectively and with ease. The instructor will show you a simple technique used in clearing the mask; you will then be giving the chance to practice this skill until mastery is reached.
Shallow Surface Dives:
Snorkeling on the surface will give you an overall view of the reef. However, to get up close to the marine life and corals, you will need to conduct a snorkel surface dive down to the reef. This will mean that you need to taking a breath of air at the surface and then holding your breath for a short period of time dive down to the reef. In order to leave the surface using as little energy as possible, we will learn a technique called a snorkel surface dive. Typically, at this level, the snorkel dives will be to a maximum depth of 3 metres
After completing the above skills, we will have plenty of time for some snorkeling fun and some time to explore the corals and marine life.