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Find an entry point that is smooth and clear of rocks and other debris. Avoid entering the water where there is coral or other forms of wildlife that could be damaged by your entry.
There are two options for entering the water from the shore. The first is to put on all snorkel gear, including fins, and then walk backwards into the water. While some find this method the easiest, it goes against the rule of never turning your back to the sea.
The second option is to wade into the water until it is about thigh high, then put the fins on while facing the sea. This method can be much easier than walking backwards into the water, however it can be very difficult if the water is choppy or there is a current.