If you have never snorkelled before, then trying it out in Cornish water is a real treat. Snorkelling is swimming through or on the water with a mask and snorkel which allows you to see under water while breathing fresh air from above. You might find that a wet suit helps you to snorkel for longer as it keeps your body temperature up.
You don’t need to train for it so, technically, anyone who can swim, or has a flotation device can give it a go. However, some people do need to get used to the equipment and the process, so a coached session may be a good idea to learn the basics.
Snorkelling means you get to see the abundant colourful coastal wildlife in all its splendour, in its natural habitat. Snorkelling is a way to watch and learn but it helps to feel confident if you go out with a snorkelling specialist, and also perhaps try it in the shallows first.
Breathtaking sites in Cornwall include Pedn Vounder with its sandbars and warm summer tidal lagoons, plus gorgeously crystal-clear water. Nearby Nanzijal Bay at Penwith is also totally amazing with rocks, waterfalls and streams. You can snorkel through a sea tunnel of coralline rock here. Kynance Cove, with its rugged coastline that made it so loved by Romantic poets and artists, has become another keen favourite for snorkellers. In the north, try Port Gaverne, near Port Isaac, with fabulous sea caves for strong swimmers. Stanbury Mouth near Bude is a remote beach approached via a cliff path. Secluded, it is a chance to see some wildlife undisturbed. Lansallos Cove near Polperro is a hidden quay carved into rocks, brilliant if you are based in the south.
There are many well-regarded snorkelling and diving companies in Cornwall, including Cornish Diving Centre, with a Snorkel Safari experience where you can practise and build confidence in their pool before trying it out in the open sea.