Snorkelling is a sport that can be pursued by individuals of all ages, couples, family groups and friends alike. Snorkelling is an inexpensive sport and only requires three simple pieces of equipment - a mask, snorkel and fins. It can be a great way to explore the underwater environment in a low cost and safe manner - adding much enjoyment to holidays and day trips.

The best way to learn quickly and safely is to receive tuition from experienced instructors. Fortunately, you do not need to live close to the sea to learn how to snorkel; despite being landlocked LUEC has been successfully delivering snorkelling training courses for over 30 years.

Learn to snorkel with LUEC

We are fortunate to have three BSAC qualified snorkel instructors who have over 50 years' experience between them.

Our instructors are ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) checked and offer various types of snorkel training to individuals aged eight years or above. Our training can be tailored to you and your needs and will be carried out at a pace comfortable for you. 

Typically, snorkel training sessions cover snorkel theory and practical skill development activities to ensure that you get the most from your equipment. You will learn to fin on the surface and should you wish, breath-hold diving techniques so that (should you wish to) you can get a closer look at the sea bed. You will also learn to enter and exit the water safely.

Snorkel training can start with a single 90 minute ‘come and try it’ session for just £5. During this time you will be taught the basics, including how to safely use a mask, snorkel and fins.  

If you are holidaying abroad where snorkelling is a must, we offer a five-week pool-based course for £25 where we will initially teach you basic snorkelling techniques before supporting you to progress on to more advanced skills.  This will prepare you for snorkelling confidently in open water locations whilst on holiday.

If you don't have your own equipment we have a number of sets of basic equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) which you can borrow during training.

Snorkelling and diver training

For those who do want to take up diver training with the Club, we have a training policy of “getting the basics right“ before progressing to more complex drills, so we ask all new dive trainees spend some time learning how to snorkel correctly before going on to full scuba training. This way you can concentrate on learning scuba specific skills without having to master fundamentals like finning techniques at the same time! Over the years we have found that this makes for a better, more confident diver.

Skill development

Following your initial training, if you would like to progress further, you are welcome to join the club as a BSAC snorkel member and train for your BSAC Open Water Snorkel Diver and Advanced Snorkeller qualifications. Over the years we have supported many of our members to achieve formal BSAC snorkelling qualifications. Once qualified, many of these individuals have accompanied our divers on club trips to locations such as the Farne Islands and St Abbs.  

Our club boat Vixen allows us to get to great snorkelling sites including small islands and shallow wrecks, or to go swimming with seals, which wouldn't be possible directly from the shore!

As a member, you can use the pool on a club night to either further your snorkelling skills or just have a swim - this facility is included in your membership fee. You may also wish to progress on to diver training... it’s entirely up to you!

For further information or to schedule your first snorkelling training session please contact the Snorkel Training Officer.

LUEC Snorkel instructor John with members Jackie and Phil in Malta