Snorkeling is simple, it’s held in your mouth by gently biting down on the mouthpiece that is attached to your mask, so as long as you can do that, you can snorkel! There are so many different types out there, so I wanted to share with you what I think is the best snorkeling gear for 2020!
Whether you’re down the local beach or on holiday somewhere tropical, snorkeling is an amazing way to see the local marine life up close without any expensive equipment and or training whilst keeping fit. There are thousands of different types and brands so I wanted to go through some hints and tips for the best snorkeling gear to look out for and suggest a few products to choose from.
So, let’s start with your face mask, there are huge variations in design colour etc. You can also purchase full face masks with an integrated snorkel, but as I’ve never used them, I cannot comment on their suitability so they will not be included in this review.
A lot of masks these days are fog resistant, but can add a little anti fog spray before you dive to stop your mask from misting up. The alternative is to spit into the inside of your face mask and rub it around then wash it out with some water just before use. If you find that gross, place some toothpaste on your finger and coat the inside of the mask then wash it out. I don’t know the science behind it but it works for me.
Make sure you get a mask that properly fits your face, I always go for women’s sizes as I have a small head (guys don’t try and be macho about it or they will leak). When you place it onto your face and breath in through your nose it should hold the mask in place, if it doesn’t you don’t have a good seal. Don’t forget to always wash out your mask & snorkel after use to keep them clean and free from grit etc.
Always check whether you are buying an adult or child snorkel as the specifications are different. When it comes to the snorkel itself, most have curved ends so if you do get hit by a wave it’s less likely to go down your tube and into your mouth. To stop this you can purchase “dry snorkels” which have a ball or similar device that allow you to breath but block water from entering the tube. But they may stop you from breathing out if you dive down so bear that in mind.
Any decent snorkel should come with a purge valve located at the bottom of your snorkel. After your dive down upon returning to the surface blow out hard and it’ll blow out any water that may have started coming down the tube.
I always prefer to wear wet suit boots when snorkeling, so when climbing over jagged rocks or coral I’m less likely to cut my feet. However, this will ultimately affect the type of dive fin that you use.
There is a great deal of variety when it comes to types of snorkeling Fins depending on what you’re doing. But personally, I always go for fins that are designed to go over your wet suit boots so you can take them off when you get back to land so you don’t have to leave your shoes at the shore. But you can buy “shoe fins” that you can just slip your feet into if that’s what you want to do. Not really a necessity but I always snorkel with a dive knife as you never know what you might find or bump into (especially in tropical waters).
I’ve summarized the differences below and there is not a great variation in price, but functionary changes quite a bit. Personally, I’d go for the Supertrip as I’m not bothered about side lens’s but the camera mount is really handy as I already have an adventure camera. Let me know which one you went for in the comments below.
|Price||Dry Snorkel?||Bag included||Camera Mount||Side lens|
|The karvipark 2019: Dive mask and snorkel Set.||£20.99||√||X||X||X|
|Cressi : Dive mask and snorkel Set.||£43.38||√||X||X||√|
|Cadrim: Dive make and snorkel set with camera mount.||£19.99||√||X||√||X|
|Supertrip: Dive make and snorkel set with camera mount||£24.99||√||√||√||X|
Last but not least, if you’re serious about snorkeling or water sports I’d highly recommend investing in an action camera. They’re easily attached to your dive mask (some come with mounts) so you won’t miss any rare sightings or events. As I use my camera a lot I went for the Osmo Action as it’s slightly cheaper than a GoPro but is pretty close in terms of it’s specs, plus it has the front screen so you can see the selfie you’re taking and if you’re like me I can never get the position right.
The mask features a single layer of tempered glass lens designed for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving (it also has anti-fog treatment) and the skirt is made of soft hypoallergenic transparent silicone.
This set comes with a handy travel bag and the mask uses tempered glass and has side lenses so you nearly have an uninterrupted field of view, with a soft double feathered silicone skirt to form a perfect seal on your face.
The advanced lens shape design and tempered glass with anti-fog treatment means you’ll have a crystal clear underwater experience, especially for beginners. It’s also adventure camera compatible, because it has a mount for an adventure camera to be inserted onto the mask.
With tempered glass and antifog, this a great mask especially with the added camera mount.
Until next time, stay safe and enjoy your dive!
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