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Snorkeling Gear Buying Tips

Thinking of spending some time underwater this summer? Check out these tips for buying new snorkeling gear.

Snorkeling Gear - Snorkel

Whether you're playing around in a backyard swimming pool or scoping out coral reefs and tropical fish, a snorkel will help you do all this while breathing underwater. Look for a snorkel that's lightweight and attaches easily to whatever kind of mask you buy. If possible, try breathing through the snorkel in the store before buying it. Many snorkels now have splash guards to prevent water getting in. However, a splash guard can also make a snorkel more difficult to clear of water, so keep this in mind when you go snorkel shopping.

Snorkeling Gear - Mask

A mask allows you to see all the cool sites of the underwater world, so it's important you buy a mask that fits properly and you see clearly through. Most companies make masks especially for youth, or for smaller faces, so look for a label on the mask to indicate what size it is. When you choose a mask, hold it against your face and make sure it fits comfortably around your eyes and nose. If the mask is the right size, it should stick to your face when you inhale through your nose.

Snorkeling Gear - Fins

A set of fins or flippers aren't completely necessary when you're snorkeling but they will help you move through the water quicker and easier. If you're just starting out snorkeling, it's best to buy a pair that is smaller and more flexible. They'll move more easily and new snorkelers usually have trouble moving with really stiff fins.

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