No matter your goals or experience, swimming with a snorkel can make all the difference. Read below to learn why FINIS co-founder John Mix recommends training with a snorkel.
The best swimmers swim with their bodies in a level position so they aren't swimming uphill (feet and hips angled slightly down) and just like walking, swimming uphill is more difficult than swimming on a level plain. A snorkel allows you to keep your face in the water and bring your hips and feet to the surface which makes swimming easier. Let's face it if it's too hard, people quit.
You can swim as slow or as fast as you want with a snorkel. Like other sports, they will teach you in slow motion how to swing a tennis racket or golf club, but how do we practice technique slowly when swimming - by using a snorkel.
Swimming is intended to be a series of symmetrical motions that allows you to move through the water. So by eliminating the rotation of the head to take a breath, swimmers can relax the tension in the neck, back, and spine and enjoy their swim with greater ease.