When you think of snorkeling, you might assume it’s an activity that’s only done around coral reefs or in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. And while saltwater offers plenty of opportunity for underwater adventures, snorkeling is something you can do in the ocean, a lake, or even a swimming pool.
Unlike its more specialized cousin—scuba diving—snorkeling requires minimal equipment and no technical training. (However, it’s important that you know how to swim.) When snorkeling, you swim face-down along the surface of the water. A mask and snorkel enable you to see what’s underwater while still being able to comfortably breathe.
The only gear you really need is a mask and a snorkel. Though if you want to swim faster and more easily, fins are worth considering too.
- 1 Equipment
- 2 How to Snorkel
- 3 7 Best Snorkeling Masks
- 4 Classic Masks
- 5 Full-Face Masks
- 6 Snorkel Masks for Kids
Here’s a quick rundown of what you need before heading to the water.
Mask and snorkel: Often sold in a set, the standard snorkel mask is made to cover the upper part of the face including eyes and nose. (Although full-face snorkel masks are becoming more popular.) The best masks are made with anti-fog glass and a plastic or rubber frame that should fit snugly against the face. Masks usually have a loop to attach the snorkel, a long, flexible tube that allows you to breathe fresh air through your mouth.
Fins: Fins aren’t absolutely necessary but they tend to make snorkeling a lot more fun because you can swim faster and farther when you wear them.
Wetsuit: If you’re swimming in fairly warm water on a hot day, you won’t need a wetsuit. It’s nice to have, however, when the water temp is cool or it’s not a hot, sunny day.
How to Snorkel
1. Choose equipment that fits and test it before you head far from shore. Snorkel masks come in different sizes so make sure the one you purchase fits your face. To test this, press the snorkel against your face and breathe in. If it’s the correct fit, the mask will suction to your face and create a seal. (Don’t worry, it’ll still be easy to remove the mask.) The mask strap should stretch over the back of your head at the widest part.
2. Before you enter the water, practice. Put your mask on and place the snorkel’s mouthpiece in your mouth. Practice breathing a few times so you get used to it. Breathing only through your mouth might seem strange at first.
3. Start in shallow water where you can float comfortably. (Wearing a life jacket can help you float on the surface.) Put your face in the water and practice breathing and floating while wearing your mask and snorkel. If water gets in the snorkel, simply surface. Or, you can also usually clear the water with one big exhale. There are also snorkels that come a splash guard that will prevent water from getting in.
4. Explore! Once you’re used to breathing underwater and floating, start to swim and explore.
7 Best Snorkeling Masks
Whether you’re looking for a traditional mask, full-face snorkel mask, or one made just for kids, we’ve got you covered:
- ONE SIZE FITS ALL: This snorkeling set for adults comes with fully adjustable head straps and a high-grade silicon face skirt which molds to fit virtually any face shape. The ribbed design provides extra support and ensures a water-tight seal.
- ANTI-FOG COATED TEMPERED GLASS: Enjoy maximum under-water visibility. Advanced lens shape design and tempered glass with anti-fog treatment means you'll have a crystal clear underwater experience, especially for beginners. One piece glass design enables better and wider vision under water.
- FULL DRY SNORKEL with PURGE VALVE + SPLASH GUARD: The advanced anti-splash system prevents water from entering the snorkel and the purge valve allows for easy clearing and draining water out of the snorkel.
- PROFESSIONAL GRADE MATERIALS: The mask and snorkel are manufactured using top grade materials. The silicon mask and mouth-piece provide maximum comfort and long-lasting performance.
- Our snorkel gear and scuba equipment is fully tested and we stand by every single product. Customers are our top priority and we will happily replace any defected products.
- MAKES SWIMMING MORE FUN, SAFER, AND EASIER! Snorkeling can be dangerous - mostly because people CAN'T SEE underwater! But this mask lets you enjoy PERFECT VISION from the moment you put it on to the time you take it off!
- TEMPERED GLASS LENS IS IMPACT-RESISTANT! Safety comes first! Not even the hardest knock from the sharpest or heaviest object can crack or break the lens in this mask. It's engineered to withstand DEEP WATER PRESSURE, too!
- ANTI-FOG LENS GIVES CRYSTAL-CLEAR VISION ALL THE TIME! When you're underwater, your breath can fog up the lens of cheaper face masks. But this mask is specially designed to be FOG-FREE - giving you hours of enjoyable swimming, diving, or snorkeling.
- BREATHE-EASY DRY SNORKEL LETS AIR IN, KEEPS WATER OUT! This high-tech, DRY snorkel keeps air out until you're READY to breathe in! No more surprise gulps of water in your mouth when you're trying to breathe!
- 100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION! You can order today with confidence, knowing that if you're not satisfied for ANY REASON whatsoever, just ship it back in the box and we will REFUND every penny you paid.
- Full Mask Fin Snorkel Set: ZEEPORTE Long Snorkel Set with Adjustable Fins, Two Window Tempered Glass Lens Mask, Dry Top Silicone Snorkel, Travel Gear Bag, It's the ultimate travel companion and is suitable for snorkeling, swimming, body surfing, boogie boards and much more.
- PANORAMIC VIEW SNORKEL DIVE MASK: Made of a four-window design for a panoramic view with tempered glass lens and hypoallergenic silicone skirt, ZEEPORTE snorkel mask can withstand underwater pressure while diving and snorkeling, ultimate comfort. The diving mask’s skirt is designed with soft and flexible silicone and the food-grade silicone mouthpiece is safe creates a watertight seal with the any driver's face and attached to your mouth perfectly without any peculiar smell.
- UNOBSTRUCTED BREATHING DRY TOP SNORKEL: A High-quality Snorkel with a Dry-top valve that seals the breathing tube when submerged. Dry top snorkel is designed to keep water from entering the breathing tube, ergonomic Silicone Mouthpiece is comfortable and durable. Lower purge valve allows water to be quickly expelled, so you can enjoy easy and unobstructed breathing while diving underwater.
- FLEXIBLE ADJUSTABLE TREK FINS: Longer, lightweight and the responsive blade assure a kick that is fluid, effortless yet at the same time quite powerful. Trek fins with open-heel style and adjustable strap, the foot pocket and the strap are made of long-lasting rubber that ensures a comfortable fit. The ZEEPORTE blade delivers excellent thrust with a modest kicking effort, perfect for your Snorkeling or Diving adventure.
- ALL-IN-ONE PACKING GEAR BAG—3 essential items in one quick-dry mesh bag. Re-usable zip-up bag with a shoulder strap, perfect for travel and recreational use. Amazing low package price for all four items and good for traveling.Every ZEEPORTE product provides a 60-day money back and 18-month warranty.
- 【12 MONTH FREE WARRANTY SERVICE】Our diving mask has 12 months warranty! If you have any dissatisfaction, welcome to contact us. We will provide you worry-free shopping experience and satisfactory after-sell service.
- 【HIGH QUALITY AND SAFTY】OUSPT snorkeling mask made of High Quality PC and Food Grade Silicone Non-toxic and environmental. New add fish gill design breath circulatory system, exhaust gas can be out faster. We are not only greatly improved the airflow, visibility, fit, but also camera mount and safety of the full face snorkeling mask. All we do just order to bring the safe and comfortable snorkel experience.
- 【EXPLORE MAGNIFICENT UNDERWATER WORLD】Our full face snorkel mask is designed with a natural curved, which perfectly fits human face. 180 degree panoramic view design that allows for the ultimate in comfort and visibility! Snorkel mask with detachable mount can easily attach camera. Capture your adventure and share with friends and family. Enjoy your vacation!
- 【AMAZING ANTI-FOG TECHNOLOGY】We are improved the breath system* fish gill breath circulatory * (Intermediate air intake, air outlet on both sides) which make exhalation and inhalation have completely isolated to prevent the mixing of exhaust gas and fresh air. It will keep you snorkeling longer and not fog from your breath or the water temperature.
- 【NEWEST DESIGN OF OUSPT】2019 newest snorkel mask folding the tube by a elastic rubber band which can be rotated in any direction. High-quality and safe liquid silicone in interior, which is more suitable for the face and tightly waterproof solves tube (with a button) snorkel mask's problem and the installation difficulties. When snorkeling occurs an emergency, you can quickly get out of the mask with one button and get more self-help time.
- [PANORAMIC VIEW AND SUPPORT CAMERA MOUNT]Our snorkel mask adopts transparent flat lense made by high definition premium PU resin, preventing from distoring the view and eliminating the dizziness underwater. With the removable motion camera mount allows you to clearly discover the underwater world.
- [G2 DRY TOP SYSTEM] G2 snorkel mask is designed by a famous designer. We adheres to folding design, as well as the addition of a two-channel exhaust valve,and to expanded the diameter of the top snorkel to 1.26 inches.
- [BREATHING FREELY AND MAXIMUM AIR INTAKE] After two years of repeated exploration and improvement, our G2 full face snorkel mask has the outstanding performance in breathing and air intake. When you use our snorkel mask for surface snorkeling, you will feel comfortable and smooth breathing.
- [PROFESSIONAL ANTI-FOG&ANTI-LEAK]The full face snorkel mask is made of high-quality silicone, the entire snorkel mask is fully wrapped to achieve a leak-proof effect, and the silicone layer inside the mask directly isolates the air from the nose and mouth, and the heat air is not easy to condense on the mirror surface.
- [AFTER SALES SERVICE] As long as you are our customers,since the day you buy G2 snorkel mask. We will provide 24-hour uninterrupted service. We sincerelly believe we will bring the customers the most satisfied buying experience.
Snorkel Masks for Kids
- Snorkel set - Swimming Goggles are made of temperd glass which helps to make it durable, strong ,explosion-proof and IMPACT-RESISTANT,more safer than other goggles.Not even the hardest knock from the sharpest or heaviest object can crack or break the lens in this mask. It's engineered to withstand DEEP WATER PRESSURE, too!
- ADJUSTMENT: Children Snorkel Set for age from 5 - 12 years old; High elastic head strap ensures for effective adjustment ,increased flexibility and comfort .Food grade silicon face skirt which molds to fit kid's face shape，no smell and non-toxic .The ribbed design provides extra support and ensures a water-tight seal,no leaks!
- ANTI-FOG LENS GIVES CRYSTAL-CLEAR VISION ALL THE TIME: Wear snorkel set enjoy maximum underwater visibility.When you're underwater, your breath can fog up the lens the face masks. But this mask has special fog-free design provides you ultra clear and beautiful underwater view when you swimming, diving, or snorkeling.
- FULL DRY-TOP SNORKEL with SPLASH GUARD and PURGE VALVE - Our snorkeling equipment has advanced anti-splash system ,which can prevents water from entering the snorkel when you descend below the waterline and the purge valve allows for easy clearing and draining water out of the snorkel.
- EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD: Wether your child is a little explorer? If yes,just give them this kid's swimming&diving gear and let them explore the sea with safety! The snorkeling gear set including a snorkel mask and a snorkeling tube with beautiful colors! Enjoy a wonderful parent-child time toghether.
- 【180 Degrees Full Face Design】Full face snorkel mask and ultra wide shockproof view ensure you a safe 180° underwater view of various fishes and other sea creatures. You can enjoy the fun of swimming and discover countless marine life, give your children a realistic & vivid panoramic view.
- 【Anti-Fog & Anti-Leak】The interior of our snorkel mask is made of medical silicon and has a dry top snorkel system. Separate inhaling and exhaling channels with anti-fog coating on the lens and anti-fog inserts, stop salt water from getting into your mouth and prevents gagging.
- 【Safe Breath System】There is a ball integrated in the breathing tube which automatically seals the air valve and prevents water from entering the masks underwater. Whatever water somehow enters the mask it is held in a chamber away from the mouth and nose. --- Noted: Please float up immediately if you feel that your breathing is not smooth when diving.
- 【Action Camera Mount】It has a unique design and extra screws to support the installation of the GoPro camera. With this design, you can enjoy the joy of swimming and capture many wonders that you have not found, and record those wonderful and unforgettable moments for your kids while snorkeling.
- 【Quality Service】We pride ourselves in the quality of our products and excellent client care. If you are not satisfied with our mask, please contact us and get a free replacement or full money back. We provide 100% with 30-Day Satisfaction Money-Back Service.