Good snorkel equipment makes your time in the water a lot more fun, compared to a leaky fogging mask, a snorkel that floods easily, or fins that blister your feet. Perfectly fitting snorkel gear gets out of your way, out of your mind, enabling you to relax and focus on the great stuff underwater. Here you'll learn all of your snorkeling equipment options, and how to get a perfect fit for your face, feet and mouth. That's why it is best to buy vs. rent, even for beginners. Rentals rarely fit right. And once you have a good set of snorkeling gear, it will last you for years with minimal care. Our snorkeling gear guide will answer all your questions. If you are looking for the best places to snorkel, visit here for our Top 10 Snorkeling Spots.
Snorkel masks come in a large variety of styles and sizes and materials. You can get them with one window, or up to four. Some have plastic skirts, but 100% silicone is far better. The main thing is to get one of good quality that fits you perfectly.
Make sure your mask of choice is a “real” diving or snorkeling mask. By this I mean that it should be made for the purpose of diving or snorkeling, rather than a cheap mask bought in a supermarket. Properly constructed masks will feature shatterproof glass, and are made so they can withstand pressure if you go for breath-hold dives.
When choosing a mask, pick one with a relatively small volume, meaning that the air space trapped inside the mask isn’t larger than necessary. This will make it easier to clear if water should come in, and makes it easier to equalize it if you dive below the surface. Go for one with a good field of vision.
Fit of the Mask
The fit of the mask is crucial. Check the fit by putting the mask on without putting the strap around your head, inhaling lightly thru your nose, and then letting the mask go. If the mask sticks to your face simply from the vacuum you create by inhaling, it has a reasonably good fit. Put the mask strap on and exhale from your nose. You should be able to force the exhaled air out under the mask skirt without too much effort. Otherwise, emptying the mask if water comes in will be difficult.
Top 3 Snorkeling Masks:
Optimum fit, comfort and superior optics in a full face respirator. 180° wide viewing allow you to see more fish and sea creatures than ever before, and it is the biggest of any snorkel mask on the market today. Full-face snorkeling mask for you to breath naturally through the nose and mouth. Separate Inhaling and exhaling channels effectively prevent fogging. The snorkel mask is equipped a floating ball which will seal the top of the snorkel when submerged, prevents salt water from getting into your mouth or nose. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
With a 180 degree field of vision and flat lens, X- Lounger full face snorkel mask offer superior views better than a standard diving mask and open up a whole new world of underwater adventure. Skip from traditional mask’s trouble, X-Lounger’s easy breath masks offer you a better underwater experience. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
This snorkel mask provides 180º Panoramic view, makes it easier than ever to breathe comfortably through your mouth or nose while you are snorkeling. This mask will serve you for a long time and perfectly solves the non-folding snorkel masks' problem and the installation difficulties, like easily damaging the buckle and easily lose your snorkel mask. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
There are two choices of snorkel fins, close and open foot. The primary reason to use an open foot fin is it allows you to wear a boot. Mostly divers wear boots because they need the insulation (colder water at depths), and because they often are walking with a lot of heavy gear, over rocky shores. A snorkeler can also benefit from wearing boots. If you enter the water on a rocky beach very many times, you will know why.
There are a couple reasons why a closed foot fin is a good choice. First, compared to heavier dive fins, they weigh less. Extra weight at the end of your foot means you have to work harder to move it. Second, efficiency tests have proven that a closed fin is more efficient than an open fin. I am not exactly sure why. It could be because they are less bulky, offering better hydrodynamics around the foot area. Or it could be because your connection to the fin is more positive (without a boot between).
Top 3 Snorkel Fins
Split fins have become the most popular style fin in diving today. Just look around when you are out beach diving or on the charter boat and you will soon discover that more divers are making the switch to this style fin. Why are they so popular? They are popular because they work, and you, work less! A split fin performs more like the combination of a whale's tail and a propeller. When you kick the two separate blades twist and create more of a propeller surface which will increase your propulsion and lift. You feel as if the fin is not strong enough to keep you moving as fast as you are accustomed with your full bladed fin, yet you cover the same distance in the same time. Less Drag, More Thrust and most important Less Strength is Used. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
This is the ideal fin for travel and for dives in warm waters.The orthopedic foot pocket with variable thickness provides superior comfort. The blade is constructed of Tecralene® and Thermoplastic rubber for extended durability.When water spills over the sides of the blade, it reduces thrust, and decreases efficiency. Mares design was derived from observing marine mammals such as manatees in their natural environment. When swimming they bend their tail to form a channel, which optimizes thrust. When proper channeling occurs, all of the displaced water contributes to thrust.The “Channel Thrust” technology maximizes the channeling of water and moves a much greater amount of water compared to other fins of the same size. The result is greater thrusting power with the same amount of effort. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
Other Important Items for Snorkeling
Guard against the sun with mineral sunscreen that is safe for more than just your skin. Like all of Stream2Seas beauty products, when it washes off either in the ocean or the shower it wont harm marine life. The antioxidant-rich formula provides uva and uvb protection that isn't greasy, but is biodegradable and organic. Stream2Sea is a tested and proven reef safe, biodegradable sport sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection, with a powerful antioxident blend of organic Green Tea, Tulsi, Wakame and Olive Leaf. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>
Rash Guards For Sun Protection
Using sunscreen is good, but when you go in and out of the water several times in a day, it becomes a pain to re-apply every time. So it's a good idea to wear long sleeve rash guard shirts when you snorkel. This reduces the area you need to sunscreen by a bunch. And the rash guard provides a small amount of insulating warmth and jellyfish sting protection.
World-renowned O’Neill quality at value-driven prices. The Basic Skins offers U.P.F. 50+ Ultraviolet Protection with cleanly designed graphics and minimal seam placement for rash prevention. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here For Men's >> or << Click Here For Women's >>
Stinger Suits (Full Body Suit)
In some places, tours often require you to wear a full body rash guard, which includes covers for your head and hands. They call it a stinger suit. It prevents sunburn, but is primarily worn to prevent getting stung by the Box Jellyfish, the sting of which is lethal.
Go right from snorkeling at the surface to diving in the deep; this 3mm neoprene full-body wetsuit forms to your body for maximum comfort and doesn't irritate your skin. Super-stretch panels around your knees and armpits make sure your wetsuit flexes where it should and doesn't lose its elasticity. Special knee pads and shoulder pads have anti-abrasion technology, making it perfect for water sports that require extra gear, like scuba diving and snorkeling. Whether you're an experienced diver or a beginner to wearing a wetsuit, this one lasts through the wear and tear. For more information or to purchase, << Click Here >>