When you make the decision to purchase your own set of snorkeling equipment, there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important factors is that your gear fits correctly, especially when it comes to your snorkel mask! Let's take a look at a few hints for choosing snorkel gear
that fits properly.
Finding A Mask That Fits
Your mask is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment that is in your snorkel kit
and it is essential that it fits well. Your mask needs to be comfortable, but snug. You will want it to be close fitting around your eyes and nose in order to create an airtight seal which water will be unable to penetrate, but it should not be so tight that it digs in or leaves red marks on your skin. A mask which is too tight can result in discomfort and headaches. There is no standard sizing chart when it comes to choosing a snorkel mask, it is simply a question of trying on a number of different masks until you find the one that is most comfortable. Most come with an adjustable strap so as long as the facial part is a good fit you should be okay.
Don't Forget The Flippers
It is also important to make sure that your flippers fit properly. Like shoes, these need to be comfortable and fit well. You will want them to be snug enough that you will not lose them as you kick your feet in the water, but they should not be so tight that they dig into your feet. You should be able to walk fairly easily on land without them falling off or flapping! Some people prefer an open backed flipper with an adjustable heel strap.
Choose The Right Snorkel
What many new snorkelers do not actually realize is that snorkels
themselves also come in different sizes. This is because the size of the barrel (ie the tube section) of the snorkel differs depending on the lung capacity of the user. For example, a child will need a much smaller barrel than an adult would and women tend to need smaller ones than men do.
Taking the time to choose products which fit comfortably will not only make your snorkeling experience a more enjoyable one, but it will also make it far safer then if you are wearing ill fitting gear. It is well worth taking the time and effort to find these items rather than just choosing a generic size and hoping for the best.