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Spearfishing Masks and Snorkels

Even if you already have a diving mask, it is important to purchase a separate mask for spearfishing. The more specific your gear is, the better your performance will be. When choosing a mask for spearfishing, it is recommended to go with a low volume two lense option. As for the snorkel, consider a simple, no purge, contoured piece. Dip ‘N Dive offers a collection of masks and snorkels, specifically designed for spearfishing and freediving. Simply choose one of the options available and have an enjoyable spearfishing experience.   

Clearly, the more compact the mask, the less air you will need to equalise its internal pressure during the descent. As for the skirt color, they are usually either clear or black. While clear masks do allow more light in and create a less “claustrophobic” feeling, they also tend to cast images or reflections on the inside of the lens causing distractions or even loss of clarity. Black skirts, on the other hand, help to reduce glare in sunny locations. Therefore, masks with black skirts are generally better for spearfishing.    

The number and color of lenses is another important consideration. As a rule of thumb, spearfishermen choose double lens masks. Single lense masks are usually heavier, while side-windows greatly increase the air volume of the mask. Mirrored lenses are used to hide the diver’s eyes, and help to keep fish calm or even attract them to the reflection. However, they also have the darkening effect, which makes seeing into caves or in low visibility more difficult. For those divers, who want color tinted lenses, it is recommended to choose the mild tint.

When it comes to choosing the snorkel, the standard large bore J-shaped model is preferred by most spearfishermen. The reason for this being that the snorkel has to be light and streamlined. Snorkels with dry tops and/or purge valves tend to be much bulkier or simply ineffective. They dangle, bang against your head, and create additional drag. In a nutshell, a simple open ended contoured tube is the best for spearfishing.

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