Snorkeling is the use of mask, fins, and snorkel to primarily swim on the surface while being able to keep your face in the water without having to lift your head to breath. Periodically you may dive below the surface for a short period of time to examine something closer. A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below. Sorkeling can also include buoyancy equipment and saftey equipment. Learning proper technique can vastly improve a snorkeling experience.