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Full Face Snorkel Mask

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by suzanne, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. MULTIZ321

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    Hi Suzanne,

    Try it out in a pool (lake, ocean) before your trip to enhance your comfort with your new mask.

    Have a good trip

    Richard
     
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    A couple of things about full face masks:

    You can’t equalize pressure in your ears if you go underwater. So if all you want to do is float on the surface looking down, you’re fine. But if you want to go under to get closer to things, you can’t pinch your nose and blow to equalize pressure in your ears.

    If you have a beard and want a better seal, a little smear of Vaseline along the skin where the edge of the mask touches will give you a better fit. Same with a regular mask and mustaches.

    Dave
     
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    In Hawaii, there has been several deaths that they can’t say exactly what the cause was, but they all were wearing the full face “snorkeling” mask.
    Hawaii and possibly other locations do NOT keep a record of snorkeling deaths or method of death in their waters.

    Love the idea, but I wouldn’t trust my life with one. Please use your best judgment and what your heart is telling you is right at the time! (We all have that “vibe or extra sense” that sometimes we just ignore. Listen to those feelings.)


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    They work fine for top water snorkeling for short adventures. My wife likes hers. I like to dive a bit so it doesn't work for me. Many of our friends use the full face mask and really like them. Some of these masks have go pro holders that can hold a light. For night snorkeling you might want a head light.

    https://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/night-snorkeling-light.html

    Most of the time the tour company supplies all of the gear. Probably ask them whats happening.

    Bill
     
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    The full face mask I tried was too heavy and confining.

    Modern conventional snorkels work well, especially if you wear contact lenses or have optical correction built in. A prescription mask doesn't have to be an exact match, just a plus or minus diopter or two or three, because the water density provides its own correction. But don't put sunscreen on your forehead or brow, to avoid it dripping into your eyes.
     
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    I have a very complex prescription, so bought a corrective lens insert that attaches to the inside of the regular facemask glass with suction cups. It works great. I did try it once with a full face mask, and even though it did attach, the curvature of the mask shield made seeing through the lenses difficult, and it did not work so well. I ended up sticking with the conventional facemask instead.

    A note about the comment upthread about GoPro mounts on masks: I'm seeing snorkels with GoPro mounts on the bottom end of them, so a camera or whatever can be attached below your chin. Would make it work upside down, but any images or videos could be flipped. Kind of a slick idea, although I haven't tried it yet. Costco currently sells a mask and fins set with a snorkel mount like that.

    I like the idea of a GoPro, but can't get around the high cost, for how I'd use it. Then I found a GoPro knockoff camera at Home Depot, of all places, selling for about $25. It has its own waterproof housing and several attachment pieces. Seems to work well, for what it is. I got a kit with a variety of mount attachments at Amazon, which includes a floating handheld mount for underwater use. Will be interesting to try it out when we're in Cozumel at the end of May. :)

    Dave
     
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    I bought one. Didn't like it. My regular mask and snorkel suited me better. But a guest of ours, a novice snorkeler, rather liked it. It may depend on your level of experience.
     
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    In my experience, any kind of GoPro mounted to your head for snorkeling produces very poor results. You don't realize how much you turn your head around and move. It makes the video pretty much useless. I prefer a GoPole where you can more easily control where you are pointing it and it also extends the reach. I have also noticed that GoPro mounts on top of the head mostly stick out of the water or partially out of the water while snorkeling, making for poor footage of lapping water.
     
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    Yup DH reached same conclusion with his GoPro while snorkeling. He had a head mount, and then later bought a pole/stick with wrist strap for hand-held mount. On the stick he can more easily turn camera on/off to save disk space and battery.
    I think he has used the head mount while biking, and maybe skiing.
     
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