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.