Snorkeling has to be one of those simple pleasures in life that are simply priceless. A great snorkeling trip can transform a mediocre holiday into an epic adventure. In fact, snorkeling is an inexpensive, educational and fun experience for the whole family. Dependent on where you have the chance to snorkel, you may have the opportunity to admire an abundance of beautiful fish, stunning coral and a host of sea creatures.
Indeed, just below the surface exists an entirely different world. The moment you dip your face downwards, it seems like you have been shown a secret entry into a peaceful, enchanting and inspiring world.
Of course, to experience the joys of snorkeling as we have described above, there is one crucial matter we should mention; you need to choose the right equipment. That’s right, what was meant to be an adventurous, inspiring and relaxing experience, can become a salty, blurry and miserable nightmare if you have the wrong gear!
Would you like us to lend you a helping hand in choosing the best snorkeling equipment for your next adventure to the wonderful world below the surface? No problem, we would be delighted to help you!
Choosing The Mask
Your mask is like your personal window to the underwater world. No one likes windows that leak, so you certainly don’t want your mask to be one of those windows! When choosing the mask to look out for the following factors:
The mask should:
– feel comfortable around your face.
– provide you with excellent vision.
– have a seal that snugly fits around your face.
– Feel like it has been custom made for your face.
As well as the above factors, give thought to you as a person and any specific needs you have. For example, if you wear glasses or contact lenses you need to ensure that the mask you have in mind is compatible.
When choosing the mask try to remember that in general, you get what you paid for. A cheap mask is unlikely to meet all of the factors we outlined above. On the other hand, when you are willing to pay out a little more for a mask, you will get softer silicone and better glass.
If you like to keep your face dry you should try one of the new full face masks. These provide a wide field of view and excellent comfort for easy snorkeling. Find out more in this full face snorkel mask review on Snorkeling HQ. You can also contact them on twitter.
Choosing The Snorkel
Snorkels tend to fit into one of three categories:
– simple tubes
– lower purge valves
– dry top snorkels.
Let’s take a quick look at each of these choices.
The Simple Tube
Professional divers tend to choose these. If you want a simple tube, you will need to take a little time to develop airway control since water can enter the snorkel.
The Lower Purge Valve
This choice will stop salty water from entering your mouth. Water that entered through the top of the snorkel gets pushed out with every breath.
The Dry Top Snorkel
This choice has a float at the top that will stop water from entering when you go under.
It’s clear that when it comes to choosing the right snorkeling equipment, a little time and effort need to be invested in the decision-making process. However, once you understand the various type of masks and snorkels, as well as how each price bracket affects the quality of the equipment, you should be well on your way to choosing equipment that will allow you to experience the joys of snorkeling!