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When it comes to purchasing snorkel gear, you want a quality set that is going to last you awhile, fits comfortably & performs with excellence. The last thing you want is to be distracted the entire time adjusting your gear. Here is a quick guide to help make selecting your snorkeling gear a bit easier.
A good snorkeling mask will always feature Tempered Glass to withstand pressure if you swim at depth. Masks come in a variety of lens styles such as Single Lens, Dual Lens, Panoramic & Full Face Snorkel Masks.
Look for a mask that has a comfortable silicone skirt, many we carry feature super-soft crystal silicone. To easily equalize and clear your mask, look for a low volume design, meaning less air space trapped inside.
Place the mask on your face, press lightly, inhale a small amount through your nose to vacuum seal it to your face, and release your hands. The mask should suction to your face without continuing to inhale.
Dry snorkels have a self regulating valve that senses the difference in weight between air and water, so the snorkel top "shuts off" when submerged and automatically "opens up" when you surface.
At the top of the snorkel, many manufacturers offer a "deflector" type device that discourages water from entering the snorkel.
Commonly used among Apnea divers, an open top snorkel is exactly what the name suggests; it's open at the top and does not prevent water from entering. The pro of this type of snorkel is it creates less drag when diving down.
Full Foot fins are ideal for those snorkeling in warmer waters. Pick up a fin with a decent amount of flexibility and comfortable on your foot.
If the water is cooler where you'll be snorkeling, you will likely want to wear some booties, so an adjustable strap fin would be your go-to.
If you plan on traveling, a short blade fin is going to be easier to pack and will do the job when kicking at the surface. If you are looking to breath-hold dive down, a longer blade fin will give you enough thrust.