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How To Choose The Right Snorkeling Equipment


How to Choose the Right Snorkeling Equipment

If you’ve never experienced the beauty of snorkeling, it’s a must-do activity! Snorkeling is an incredible adventure that allows you to view the underwater world in a completely different way, and it’s incredibly easy to get started.
If you’re in the market for snorkeling equipment, you’ll find all sorts of options at a variety of price points – from inexpensive pieces you can pick up at a local Coles supermarket to high-quality gear that will last for years through multiple excursions.
Snorkeling is an incredible way to explore the underwater world, but it can be frustrating if you’re not prepared for what lies below. Here are some tips to make sure you have the right snorkelling equipment before you head out on your next adventure.

What to Consider when Selecting a Snorkeling Mask

The most important part of your equipment is your mask, and you do not want to look at the price or at the look when you buy or rent it. Having the best snorkel mask is essential for comfort. A leaking face mask is very annoying. So to find a mask that won’t leak, you need to try it on at the shop or the rental place with this in mind: that the best snorkel mask is the one that fits your face.
Price is often associated with the quality of the silicone. The more flexible the silicone is, the better. A good silicone will not age too quickly. Don’t rush when choosing your snorkel mask; it could ruin your snorkeling experience. Get advice from a scuba instructor, not a shop assistant.

What to Consider when Selecting a Snorkel

I would highly recommend opting for a semi-dry snorkel, even if it is slightly more expensive. Do not buy a wet snorkel. You do not want water to come in your snorkel and then your mouth! Opted for a semi-dry snorkel, as dry snorkel is buoyant and creates a lot of drag, which is not the best when you progress to scuba diving from surface snorkelling.

A snorkel mask strap cover helps

If you have long hair, we've got a tip that will be helpful.
A snorkel mask strap cover is something that you'll love the moment that you try it. It allows you to keep your hair from getting pulled or tangled as you put the mask on and off. Instead of fumbling with the straps, this strap cover simply slips over the back of your head when you put it on and then off.

What to Consider when Selecting the best fins for snorkelling

In Sydney, you’ll require fins for snorkeling for safety reasons. You want to have more power if you need to swim in a current, or you don’t want to use all your energy if you swim for a long time. Comfort is the most significant feature of your fins. Lousy quality fins or fins that are not your size can give you annoying blisters after a few minutes, that will last for many days.
There are different types of fins: closed foot or open foot, split or paddle and long or short:
Open foot fins are ideal for walking on rough shores with your scuba boots on, and they are adjustable, making for a better fit for your foot. However, closed foot fins are reputed to be more efficient as they are lighter. If you're not a good swimmer and you tire easily, you'll probably seek out efficiency and thus prefer closed foot fins.
Split fins are also a new technology that costs more money: for those on a budget, you’ll get better paddle fins than split fins. If you snorkel for long and want to save energy, maybe you’ll like the split fins as it’s easier to snorkel with smaller and quicker small kicks with split fins. Consider hiring both types to figure out which one is the most adapted to the way you snorkel.

What to Consider when Selecting the swimwear for snorkelling

The most common clothing worn for snorkeling is a swimsuit. However, a lot of people prefer to wear a wetsuit as it is a lot more protective. Wearing a wetsuit will help you to stay warm and it also protects your skin from the sun and jellyfish stings.
Choose a one-piece Enth Degree specifically designed for use in high-performance Water Sports. It’s a lot more comfortable and flexible than a usual neoprene wetsuit – it actually feels like a second skin – and it’s less buoyant than neoprene if you want to skin drive. It’s also suitable to be put under a wetsuit if you snorkel in the colder months.