The gear you use for snorkeling can make a huge difference in the kind of experience you have. A good pair of fins is among the must-haves for a successful snorkeling trip. So, to help you find the perfect pair of fins for your needs, we have reviewed the top fins on the market by category and compiled a list of pointers with features to look for when you’re shopping around.
Snorkeling is a fun and rewarding activity that, unlike many other watersports, benefits from its simplicity. There’s no need to haul a bag full of heavy equipment or go through a certification course to watch and appreciate the beauty of the underwater world. All that’s necessary to start snorkeling is some basic skills and a small set of well-fitting gear, which makes it easily accessible to pretty much anyone. But what about non-swimmers, can they snorkel?
Snorkeling is considered an equipment-light activity, especially compared to scuba diving. The basic pieces of gear you should have are a mask, fins, and a snorkel. That being said, it is worth taking some time to research and select the best products for you and your family. Poor quality sets often sold in discount stores are likely to leave you disappointed. A mask that’s constantly leaking or fogging up, paired with uncomfortable fins and a flimsy snorkel can easily spoil the experience for you.
For many watersports, a personal flotation device - also known as a PFD - is an essential piece of equipment. It can help to keep you safe while out on the water, and, depending on the place and activity, PFD use may even be mandatory.
Snorkeling is a fun activity and one of the easiest ways to peek into the underwater world. Unlike scuba diving, it requires no formal training, minimum equipment and is something almost anyone can try. That being said, poor first-time snorkeling experiences are pretty common. Anxiety, leaking or fogging mask, uncomfortable fins and water flooding your snorkel can all make the activity a bit miserable or even potentially dangerous for you. So here are a few tips that will help you avoid the most common beginner mistakes and enjoy snorkeling to the fullest.
A few weeks ago we have discussed the pros and cons of using full-face snorkeling masks. Today we will expand on the topic and cover how to choose the correct size and care for this type of mask properly.
During the recent years full-face snorkeling masks have been steadily gaining popularity worldwide. This type of masks feels more natural to many snorkelers since it offers the ability to breath through the nose (rather than the mouth as with traditional snorkels). It was also well received by beginner snorkelers, who prefer to have their entire face protected from contact with water. However, there are those who are skeptical about the concept or even raise concerns about the safety of full-face masks.
Here is an exciting piece of news for snorkelers - Ocean Reef has recently presented a device that allows you to communicate with your buddies while snorkeling even if you're far apart. The invention, called Snorkie-Talkie, includes a transmitter that needs to be snapped onto the tube of your full face snorkeling mask and an integrated speaker that connects to the transmitter via a silicone hose.