The best snorkel gear reviewed for 2018 outside pursuits grade 9 electricity test


Cressi is a known for their high quality snorkeling equipment at affordable prices. The Palau snorkeling gear set has everything you need for an exciting snorkeling trip, including a sturdy mesh bag to store all of your snorkeling gear. The mesh bag is a nice feature, because you can put your gear in the bag without having to wait for it to dry first.

This 100% dry snorkel comes equipped with a unique anti-splash guard and uses a floating purge and seal valve. You can snorkel with confidence, knowing that even if you dive under the water, you will not get salt water in your mouth! If you have had this happen, you know how unpleasant it is.

The short, thin fins allow you to swim without struggling to avoid accidentally kicking the fragile coral. Though longer fins are usually faster, the stiff nature of the Palau fins create a strong thrust without the cumbersome length of longer fins.

These open heel fins are extremely comfortable and equipped with a large foot pocket giving them the ability to adjust between three to four foot sizes. The buckle is easy enough to adjust to get a good fit and releases with a push of the button when you are ready to take them off.

This is a large concern for objects that come in direct contact with your mouth, noes, and eyes. Finally, if it is your first snorkeling adventure, it is best to give yourself (especially children) a chance to practice using the equipment prior to jumping into the middle of the ocean.

Not only is this important in order to familiarize yourself with the equipment, but also to account for the fact that salt water adds a new dimension to the experience. You do not want to attempting to get comfortable with new equipment while adjusting to snorkeling in salt water for the first time.

Snorkel equipment is worth researching and finding the best product for your family. If you simply grab a set from a local discount store, you will certainly be disappointed when encountering leaks and limited visibility. Consider the advice below determining what the best equipment is for you and your family.

Consider the material of the skirt when choosing the right mask. Plastic skirts are lower quality and more prone to tears and leaks than silicone skirts and are typically what you will find in “complementary” or rental sets. Silicon makes for the best seal and keep water out. Lens Quality and Visibility

The main reason you have chosen to embark on a snorkeling adventure is to see the amazing underwater life. If you have poor visibility through the lens of your mask, you will undoubtedly be disappointed with your experience. Typically, lenses are made of either plastic or glass. Impact-resistant glass is by far the highest quality lens available.

If you are looking for a complete split between the nose and eyes, considering choosing a split or two lens mask. This is a higher quality mask allowing for a better seal against the face. Take it a step further by adding windows to your snorkel mask with the three or four lens mask. 2 Pane Mask vs Single Pane

Since snorkeling takes place on top of the water, it is essential to find a great snorkel so you can effortlessly breathe while you admire the beautiful nature ‘under the sea’. Finding a great snorkel is the difference between breathing oxygen and breathing salt water. The Three Types of Snorkels

Experienced snorkelers may easily use this type of snorkel, but it can be a challenge for ‘first-timers’ or children. Just as air can easily flow in and out of the tube, water can as well if the snorkeler dips below the water, encounters a wave, or a splash from another nearby snorkeler.

Semi-Dry Snorkels – have a partially closed, slanted top with various slits and vents to avert water from entering the hole. This snorkel is popular because it diverts most of the water, without causing a significant obstruction to breathing. Snorkel Barrel

The barrel (or tube) comes in various shapes and designs. Some barrels are flexible, some maintain the rigid ‘J’ shape, while others are contoured around the head of the snorkeler. Most barrels are made of a combination of silicone and plastic.

Many snorkelers prefer the total length of the snorkel to be between fifteen and seventeen inches, though there are various lengths available. Determining which shape, size, and style are right for you is a matter of personal preference and comfort.

Full-foot fins keep the heel safe, but are not adjustable, thus it is difficult to get a secure fit. It comes down to personal preference and determining what the snorkeler finds most comfortable. Open Heel vs Full Foot Fins Sizing Your Snorkel Fins

When you get into the water, your feet will slightly shrink. Consider this when purchasing your fins. It is ideal to get fins that feel snug, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable. Move your foot around to ensure that there are no hard spots rubbing against the foot.

When initially purchase your mask, it will likely have a protective coat over it. There are many de-fog/cleaning solutions available for purchase at a modest price. If you prefer to go the ‘home-made’ route, you can create a mixture of three parts water and one part (no tears) baby soap.

A: A set of snorkel gear will consist of a mask, fins and snorkel. The mask is the most important by far. A quality mask will give you good visibility and be made from tempered glass for safety. Look for a flexible silicon skirt so it seals well around your face. Fins should be sized accordingly and have and adjustable strap to easily get into and out of the fins. The snorkel should have a one way valve known as a dry snorkel. This seals out water when you dive underwater or a wave splashes over. Lastly make sure the set has a mesh bag for storage and to allow any water to drain out.

A: Absolutely! When you see something under the water that looks interesting, take a breath of air and dive down. The dry top snorkel will keep the water out so you don’t get a mouthful of salt water. This is where having a good fitting mask is helpful, it will seal out the water. When you surface, blow into the snorkel to clear out the water so you can breath again,

A: It doesn’t have to be. All the gear on our list costs between $30 and $70. This will give you everything you need to get out on the water and enjoying the scenery! If you can afford it, the higher end sets will come with a better mask with tempered glass and a dry top snorkel.