Best Scuba Diving Fins – What Propels You

Whether you are snorkeling, scuba diving or training. There are dive fins for all your diving needs. I have a few pairs and I have used several kinds. It all depends on how much you want to propel yourself through the water.

This article will help you determine what the best scuba fins are for your needs. Also, some valuable information to help preserve your feet from becoming injured.

Training Fins

Training fins are much different than diving fins. They are shorter in length and you have to kick more to propel you through the water. They are great for training for swimming or for triathletes that swim long distances.

They can be used in both salt, fresh or even pool water. (Just make sure to clean them thoroughly after being exposed to salt or pool water.

As you can see, they do not have long blades. They are short and stubby which works your legs more than long bladed ones. They are fairly cheap as you can pick up a pair on Amazon for $26.45. Just click the picture to buy a pair.

They are used without booties or dive boots. You slip your foot into the fins and dive right into the water.

The downside the these type of fins is that they can easily give you a blister on your feet if they do not fit 100% correctly. I have used these type of slip on fins and gotten blisters on my heel so I tend to shy away from these sorts of fins.

There are also training fins that are specific to swimming in a pool. They are made of foam and all one piece. It sorta looks like a shark fins. They are not to be used while snorkeling or diving. You will end up tiring yourself out very quickly.

Scuba Diving / Snorkeling Fins

These fins are going to be longer than training fins but not as long as deep deep water diving ones. I own about three pairs of fins and they are all different.

There are fins that slip on like the training fins do and others that have straps on them to hold your foot in places. Most of the time you will wear booties or boots with these sorts of fins.

This is a pair of classic fins that you would use for scuba diving or snorkeling. You could say that they are a beginners set of fins that do just the basic function.

There are more advanced fins that allows for better propulsion through the water but that will be further down the article.

You can use these fins with booties / boots or you can use them bare-footed. I do not recommend using them bare foot though.

If you would rather use them bare-footed, I highly recommend using some water socks to help prevent blisters. When you get blisters from your fins, it will make life very unpleasant when you are trying to dive or snorkel.

Split Fins

These are my preferred fin. I use mine with a pair or booties / boots. They help propel you through the water and release excess pressure that builds up while kicking down.

In my opinion these are the best fins for scuba diving and snorkeling. You get more propulsion per kick then you do with the solid fins. Do not get me wrong the solid fins are good too, just something more for beginners in my opinion.

These fins cost a little more but they are worth it in my opinion. They move you through the water with ease and are easy to get on and off.

You use these fins with booties / boots for comfort and ease of use. I like using booties / boots anyway cause sometimes you are going to have to walk across a rocky beach to get to the water and you do not want to injure your feet on the way to a dive.

You can find a sort of combination between the split fins and solid fins where there are slanted holes in the fins to release the extra pressure from your kicks.

Deep Water Fins

Deep water diving fins are something that is not really needed unless you are doing just that. The deep water fins are very long and give you a lot of propulsion to help you dive deeper into the water.

Deep water fins also have a lot of flex to them so that they push more water. This gets you to where you want to go quicker and you do not use much effort with them to get deep.

You would really only use these if you are a tech diver doing deep dives beyond 120 feet. Other than that you really would not need something like this for regular scuba diving or snorkeling.

Conclusion

Scuba diving fins are an essential part of your gear. Whether you want to train your legs to get a better kick for swimming or you are just a beginner. Choosing the right fins for you is something that you really need to consider.

I like the split fins for the way that I dive and snorkel but some people are more comfortable with the solid ones.

If you are happy with any one of these fins then more power to you. However, please do not go with the deep diving fins unless that is what you are doing.

So enjoy your dives and make sure you have the right gear for the diving or snorkeling that you are doing. You will be happier in the end and make sure to take care of your feet to avoid blisters.

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Buoyancy with Snorkeling – Sink or Float

Everyone thinks that snorkeling or scuba diving has to do with a lot of swimming. What most people do not realize is that you have a lot of buoyancy in salt water.

In fact, you may even need weights to help you stay under if you dive while holding your breath.

What they also do not realize is there is not much swimming required.

Thrashing and trying to swim are not going to get you anywhere.

Snorkeling and You

Snorkeling can be a precursor to scuba diving. It will help you get acquainted with having your face in the water while still being able to breath.

When you snorkel you want to be relaxed in the water. You do not want to attempt to swim as it will only work against you and cause you to be out of breath very quickly.

Just laying on the water and gently kicking is all you really need to do. You will be pretty buoyant in salt water. Meaning that you will have a tendency to float.

You will float even more so with a wet suit on. This gives you more buoyancy than if you were just in a regular swimsuit.

Afraid of Drowning?

There are special flotation that you can where while snorkeling that are not big and bulky like you may think.

As you can see they are small in size and not bulky. You can pick them up pretty cheap on Amazon just by clicking the above picture. They also come in various colors and while you are on Amazon try looking for a new snorkel or mask.

Ya never know when yours is due to retire…

So snorkeling can be fun and is very easy when you relax. TRUST ME, I know from personal experience that thrashing about and trying as hard as possible to stay afloat can actually make drain your energy and want to head toward land.

The mask snorkel combo that you see here is the latest in technology. Check it out on Amazon by just clicking the image.

Back to the buoyancy issues. If you are having a hard time floating in the water, you really need to try to relax as much as possible. Put your arms to your side, breathe slowly and deeply trying not to hyperventilate.

By doing this you will enjoy snorkeling and feel safe about doing it. Also, wearing the life vest that is made for snorkeling will help ease your mind as well.

Making Yourself More Buoyant

There are a few ways to make yourself more buoyant in the ocean waters. Having more neoprene on is a helpful way to do so.

Neoprene is what wet suits are made out of and they are sort of rubbery in a way that they make you float easier. You can add neoprene gloves, booties, shorts, wet suits or any combination of them.

Taking slow deep breaths also helps you stay more buoyant. If you are laying on the water and take in a deep breath you will find that you tend to raise up out of the water a bit.

Or you can always use the life vest that we have talked about previously.

Conclusion

Snorkeling can be and is an easy water adventure. It will get you experienced with having your face in the water and allow you to experience a little bit of what it might be like to scuba dive.

Prepare yourself if you have never been snorkeling. Most of all, have fun and explore the reefs that are around you in the oceans that you have access to.

Under the water is an amazing adventure waiting for you to take, one kick at a time. So, whether you are scuba diving or just snorkeling, make your buoyant and float which can be done with wet suits or life vests.

In either case the most important thing is to RELAX!

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Scuba Diving Curacao – Does the Hotel Really Matter?

I spend about six months down in the Caribbean on the small island of Curacao, which is just off the coast of Venezuela. For those of you that know me and were there with me know what I am talking about.

This is where I got my scuba qualifications in the warm water of the Caribbean. When I was down there getting my dive on, I did not spend much time in the hotel. So my question is does the hotel matter?

Diving vs Hotel

What really makes the difference in a vacation? Is it the diving scenery or is it the place you lay your head down between dives?

To me the diving would be far more important than the hotel. The hotel has to have some standards, yes, but the fact is you are on vacation to enjoy yourself.

Why do you want to be cooped up in a room the whole time when you could be in the water or better yet UNDER the water. I think that most people would agree with me that the hotel does not really matter all that much.

Once you get into the water and taste the tasty goodness that is the ocean you will never want to be anywhere else. I would sleep in the ocean if I could… Just kidding… Or am I? LOL

Hotel Holiday Beach

When I was there I stayed at the Hotel Holiday Beach. It was an okay hotel not really much to write home about but it did serve its purpose for the time that I was there and allowing me to dive.

On site there is a 24/7 Denny’s in case you get hungry at any hour of the day or night. Which I guess explains why I have not eaten at a Denny’s since I left the island of Curacao.

Anyway, my favorite place to be on the hotel property was either the scuba dive shop that was right there on property! I spent a lot of time there and a lot of money with all my qualifications.

(Don’t forget I am a PADI Rescue Diver with a few different Specialties.)

My second place to be was the Tanga Bar which was right there by the beach. You could eat in the serenity of the waves lapping up on shore or you could toss back a bucket of beers.

Either way it was a fun place to hang out and I hung out there A LOT!

Curacao the Island

Like I mentioned before Curacao is a small island off the coast of Venezuela. There are plenty of things to do around the island while you are there above the water.

As you can see there are multiple dive shops, locations and hotels. I think the nicest hotel on the island is the Hilton. So you can find a lot of places to dive as well.

Although, you need to beware of where you go. Part of the island is privately owned and there are some forms of military down there located at the airport.



If you are feeling spunky enough you can take a stroll through Punda and get yourself a tattoo like I did. Or if you are more organic, Curacao is part of the Dutch Antilles. Just saying that it is an option of you so choose.

The picture portrays a canal that connects to Punda which is more like a shopping district than anything else. You can just about find anything if you look hard enough.

Since Curacao is so small you can almost rent a bicycle and ride all over the island. Actually I am not sure if they have those for rent or not but the vehicles you drive are from the right-hand side of the car.

If this intimidates you than maybe you should walk or cab it around the towns.

If your are more of a late night party owl, than there is a spot for you too. Mambo beach is one of the most happening places on the islands night-life. There is music and dancing, drinks and light.

I do believe they even had tiki torches going. Only downside was you had to pay to use the bathroom or find a place in secret and hope to get away with it.

The Beaches


The beaches in the Caribbean are so beautiful. They are almost as beautiful as what you can find under the water along the reefs and slapping waves.

As you can see from the picture the waters are VERY blue almost crystal clear. Did I mention the waters being warm? At the surface of the water it was 70 degrees.

YES, the water was 70 degrees at the surface and would only drop about 5-7 degrees as you went down under water. It was some beautiful waters to dive in and not much was needed for gear.

I would wear a 3 mm shorty or just some trunks with a rashgaurd on and be good to go.

When diving once, my buddy found an actual conch shell from the bottom of the ocean. It was just laying there and we both happened to see it at the same time, he just got there first.

Conclusion

Hotel versus activities, underwater versus on land. There are so many things to do down on the little island of Curacao that you would have to venture there yourself and you make the choice.

Do not limit yourself to the two hotels I have mentioned in this blog even though I think Holiday Beach is probably the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

Personally since there is so much to offer I bet you would have a hard time deciding what to do if you are in between scuba dives that is.

Well, that’s all for today hope you enjoyed the article and stop by to read again sometime.

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Navy Seal Dive Knife – Is It The Best?

When most people think about special forces, they think of the Navy Seals. They tend to do it all; air, sea and land. Every seal carries a knife or more when they are on missions. They especially carry them when they are diving.

There are many reasons to carry a dive knife when you are diving, even if you are not a Navy Seal.

First and foremost you need to have accessibility to your knife in case you get tangled up in something underwater. This can range from fishing lines to kelp forests.

By accessibility I mean you have to be able to get to it whether it be at your ankle, side, or on your BCD. You never know what part of you may get caught up.

The key is to stay calm when you get tangled and cut your way out of it.

Dive knives are becoming cheaper over time and are well worth the investment.

If you long for an actual Navy Seal dive knife you may pay a little bit more. After a quick search I have found one at Cabela’s that would work for anyone diving or for use on land.


This knife would be practical for all purposes and would be easy to get out of the sheath underwater. The downside to buying this knife is you do not have straps for it to attach to you limbs.

Navy Seal dive knives are gonna be located more in military supply stores. They may or may not have them in stock though.

What you really need is a quality knife that you can easily access and that will hold an edge from being exposed to salt water, You do not want a dull rusty knife in your gear.

It will prevent you from freeing yourself in a timely manner especially if you are low on air.

Dive knives are not all the same as your regular hunting or cutlery knives. They tend to hold up better from being rusted because they are exposed to salt water.

I think that Navy Seal dive knives are great knives but not sure if they are the best for everyday scuba diving. You can get quality knives for much cheaper on Amazon.

You can find some more dive knives here at House of Scuba.com

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy diving!

Scuba Diving Apparel – Looking Stylish While on Land

There are many forms of apparel that you can gather from different websites. A lot of the clothing will be t-shirts but you can also find jackets, hats and much more.

The Apparel

You can get a lot of different kinds of t-shirts that can be short sleeve or long sleeve.

I always did like the frog diver t-shirt. It tends to be my favorite one. There is even stuff for babies.

As you can see with the baby onsies they do come in different colors on Amazon. You can click the image here to buy it for that baby shower gift of someone you know who dives.

There is not much you can really say about t-shirts you just need to find a design you like about diving and sport it proudly.

There is so much different things you can find these days as far as apparel goes, some may even give you an extra layer for diving in. Seeing as there is stuff for men, women and children it just a simple click away. You can gather a whole arsenal of clothing and apparel.

I have even sen long parkas that will keep you warm between dives. It is all a Google search away.

Do not limit yourself to t-shirts alone. There are hats on Amazon, pants and even shoes.

You can find just about anything you want on the internet these days and Amazon is generally the cheapest place to buy things online.

Please feel free to drop a comment or question below. If you would like me to find something for you as well let me know what you are after. Thanks

PADI Diving Society – The World of Underwater.

As I have progressed through the world of diving certifications I have used the PADI diving system. It has let me experience some amazing things as I have learned and dived around the world.

There are creatures within the oceans that you may see in aquariums but it does not give you the same experience as seeing it right in front of you and possibly touching or holding the critter.

When I got my scuba diving qualifications through PADI I had the luxury of diving in warm waters. This was a benefit for me since it made things more comfortable and there was no struggling because I was too cold.

I want to thank PADI for all their training they have bestowed upon me and one day hope to give back to others the way that PADI has given to me.

Discover Scuba

Discover scuba is a lesson that gets you into scuba diving. It allows you to take a dive under the watchful supervision of well-trained instructors. This by no means makes you qualified to scuba dive on your own but gives you a taste of it.

This course is also good for those of us that have been out of the water for a long period of time. It is a good refresher course and it is not something that should be passed over if you have not been diving in a while.

Discover Scuba only allows you to get your feet wet in the sense that you are not qualified to go very deep, dive on your own, or use different mixtures such as Nitrox.

This will also let you know whether you like to dive, have any issues with diving or if you want to pursue further qualifications.

Open Water Scuba

This is the first qualification you can get that allows you to dive on your own with a partner. You are qualified to go to 60 feet deep.

You must pass all the training before diving, most of the time you will do the training inside of a pool or in the shallows of the ocean or lakes.

You will need to demonstrate different tasks underwater such as removing your mask, taking tests and a swim qualification. The test is usually the last thing that you need to do before coming qualified.

You will be having classroom time as well where you watch videos about diver signals, what you will be doing to get qualified. You will learn about your equipment, how to properly set it up and to check for leaks.

More than likely there will be gear for you to use while getting qualified. This saves you from having to rush out and buy it before being qualified.

Once you are qualified to dive you may just want to rent your gear for a little bit to get some experience under your belt. If the dive shop has different setups for you to dive with try as many as possible before you go out and buy your gear.

I prefer to have a back inflate BCD over a side one cause the flotation is behind you and not squeezing on your sides.

Advanced Open Water Scuba

Advanced open water allows you to dive up to 100 feet deep. This course teaches you more about diving, more skills and has you complete more dives to become qualified.

You still have class room work, pool or shallows work, and testing.

As you can see here you will be working in groups. There really is not much one-on-one training when it comes to qualifications.

You will be diving with instructors that have many many dives under their belts and you may even have some Master Divers in training working alongside the instructors.

Most people stop with Advanced Open waters since they do not feel the need to become a Rescue diver which is what I will talk about next. They would rather be happy with being able to dive 100 feet and stopping or the may get some specialties that you can view some of them here.

Rescue Diver

I myself have become a rescue diver and this requires a bit more technical training. You will learn how to rescue a diver in distress, learn how to tow them to safety, and give CPR while in the water.

You must be CPR certified at all times while carrying this qualification because you are literally taking someone else’s life into your hands when there is a distressed diver.

Again you will have pool and classroom work to help you work your way through the qualification.

I think that this is a very important qualification and should not be taken lightly. It really can save someone’s life if they are in distress.

After Rescue diver the path of qualifications branch off into becoming a master diver or an instructor. Since I have not yet taken those courses I will not bother you with not speaking from no experience.

Conclusion

Diving is a fun way to explore the ocean and the creatures beneath. If you want to give it a try start with Discover Scuba. IF you know this is something that you want to do and are ready to take the plunge jump on into the Open Water qualification.

Where ever you decided to stop with your qualifications, make sure you stick to what you are trained to do. DO NOT dive deeper than your qualification allows you to. This is a good way to become a diver in distress.

Always watch your amount of air you have left in your tank and happy diving.

DISCLAIMER: PADI is not the only scuba diving program out there. Check your local dive shops to see what they offer. PADI has been my program from the beginning and think that it is well worth the money spent.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop them below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Scuba Diving Computers – Worth it or Not?

Hello everyone. We are going to discuss whether or not to but a dive computer. They can be fairly expensive or you can get one in a package deal.

Dive computers record a lot of things:

  • Depth
  • Bottom Time
  • Amount of air remaining in tank
  • Depth alerts
  • Time
  • Safety stop
  • and so on.

Dive computers are really handy. It does not fully take place over dive charts but it is a great supplement.

There are dive computers for all levels of divers. Beginners, Advanced and Technical divers.

I myself have a beginners dive computer and it serves my purpose for diving. Dive computers are very handy and they do take place of the analog gauges. Dive computers are digital so you they are easier to read.

They also do more than the analog gauges (see above).

In my opinion dive computers are worth buying. You get what you pay for though. In the end you need to buy they right computer for the diving you are doing.

If you are someone who is near a place to dive on a regular basis, you may want to invest in an advanced computer. This way you will not have to reinvest in a computer down the road.

If you already have an advanced computer and you are looking for something that is more technical because of your diving style, then you are going to want get a technical computer.

Technical computers are the top of the line. They provide you with all kinda of information and sometimes a compass.

So again, I can not stress enough that buying a dive computer is almost essential. If you are just a beginner and do not want to spend the money you can simply use the gauges.

If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below. If you feel like leaving a comment that is great too!

Akona Adult Snorkeling Set Mask Snorkel Fin Bag Package – Product Review

Product: Akona Snorkeling set

Price: $69.99

Shipping: FREE

Where to buy: House of Scuba.com

My rating 9.5 of 10

Product Description

This is the Akona Adult Snorkeling Set Mask Snorkel Fin Package

Features:

MASK

    •  – Akona Lucia 2 Mask
    • Ultra sleek design creates less drag and a more streamlined snorkeler or diver
    • Low volume design reduces the amount of “mask-squeeze” felt by divers
    • Soft, flexible, crystal silicone skirt allows for maximum comfort and better conforms to the contours of your face
    • Double lip skirt creates an outstanding water seal along the face
    • Dual tempered glass lenses for safe shatter-proof lenses
    • Easily adjusted integrated buckles

SNORKEL

    •  – Akona Andros Snorkel
    • Semi-dry top
    • Newly designed silicone mouthpiece curves inward to reduce fatigue
    • Easy-clear purge
    • Large bore tube
    • Smooth bore flex tube
    • Mask strap retaining clip

FINS

    •  – Akona Caicos Fins
    • These are perfect for snorkeling or warm water scuba diving (not recommended for cold water diving)
    • Designed with an extended sole plate that adds thrust and relieves strain on the foot
    • Contoured foot pocket for maximum comfort
    • Simple and reliable strap adjustment system
    • High grade Polypropylene material
    • Directional channel in the middle of fin increases propulsion efficiency
    • Structurally optimized hinge point provides correct fin shape throughout kick cycle
    • Vent spaces, on each side of the fin, releases water not involved with thrust
    • Fins can be used with or without booties

BAG

     – Akona Mesh Bag
  • Make life easier when you go scuba or snorkeling
  • Holds Mask, Fins and Snorkel
  • Mesh Design Promotes Rapid Drying
  • Allows Submerging in Wash Tank or Bathtub to Clean
  • See Through Mesh to Easily See Content

This is a quality package from a name brand company.  It includes everything you see here for snorkeling at a great price.

You have your choice of yellow or blue for the color.

Having the bag included is a huge bonus. It makes it easier for travel and storage keeping all your snorkeling gear in one place.

Underwater Accessories – The Must Have Stuff

Here I will talk about something that can be very useful while scuba diving. Although, not everything is needed it just maybe nice to have.

Some things are pretty cheap to get and other things can be a bit more expensive.

So we will cover thing you may need and extras that come in handy.

Things You May Need

A buoy with a dive flag is an almost must have. This gives you a presence on top of the water even if you are way down in the depths. It can also serve as a dive line for ascending and descending.

It can make your safety stop which may or may not contain an extra scuba tank.

One thing that you may consider getting is an attention getter (as what I call them). These are used for getting your dive partners attention while underwater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This can range from a shaker rattle that clips on your vest or goes into a pocket or something that is called a tank banger.

Since noise travels through water very well these work great! I have a shaker and I love it. It is a good investment and allows you to communicate with your dive buddy.

Another way to communicate underwater is a waterproof writing pad. These are pretty cool as you can actually write on the pad and show your dive buddy what you are trying to say.

Writing pads can be fairly cheap and they are very effective. I do not currently have one but I have dived with people who have them and it is really helpful.

An item that you may seriously want to consider is a dive computer. They are very easy to use and extremely helpful. You can set alerts on the computer for going too deep. Another way it is helpful is that you get a very accurate reading of how much air is in your tank.

A dive computer also times your dives, gives you readings of your depths along with timing your safety stop.

Dive computers can be very reasonable to very expensive. You need to choose one that is right for you. There are some that are blue toothed eliminating a hose from your tank to computer. These are on the higher price side that can be expensive.

Again you need to choose a computer that is right for you and your budget.

Something to consider would be having a weight belt. This can be useful if you do not have weight pockets in your BCD or if you need more weight than you can fit into your pockets.

Extras That Come in Handy

Having extra things like replacement straps or extra weights are something that you want on hand. If you break a strap on your dive fins and do not have an extra pair you will want a replacement so you are still able to dive without having to rush to the nearest dive shop in hopes that they have what you need.

Extra weights are needed when diving in places you have not dived before. This gives you the ability to make sure you are weighted properly and have the correct buoyancy.

This will help you save air from being pushed in and out of your BCD trying to stay floating. Not only does it save you on air but it protects you and the surrounding environment from being disturbed.

If you are diving in cold water environments, you can always pack another pair of dry gloves and boots for your next dive. This way it will be helping keep you a bit warmer.

Conclusion

Depending on your diving skills and abilities you will need certain items for diving. A buoy with a flag is almost a must have within your dive group.

No matter what you choose for accessories make sure you know how to use them properly such as your dive computer. Most scuba diving packages

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to put them in the comment box and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Scuba Mask with Snorkel – The Beginning and the Basics

Snorkeling is a fun way to enjoy the water while still not having a scuba qualification. It allows you to get out in the water and have your face down seeing exciting new creatures and environments.

The basic things that are needed for snorkeling are mask, snorkel and fins. These are generally the first purchases someone makes when they are on their way to becoming a scuba master.

The Snorkel

The snorkel is a tube that clips on the side of your mask straps and sticks up out of the water while your face is below the surface. This allows you to breathe without sucking in water.

There are a few different types of snorkels. Ones that are just a regular tube with a slight bend, usually a bendable material, in it to go into your mouth and ones that are the same with a closure at the top to prevent waves from splashing down into the tube causing you to suck in water.

The Mask

There a few different types of masks for snorkeling or diving. You have the full face mask that covers your entire face, the full eye mask or the split eye mask.

As you can see the split eye mask has a bit limited vision. You do not get the full view as you would with the full eye mask or the full face mask.

This is a how the full eye mask looks. As you can see it has it limitations as well and is similar to the split eye masks.

This is a newer version of the full face mask specifically for snorkeling. It gives you about a full 180 degree view. The reason that it is specifically for snorkeling is because the snorkel is attached to the mask. This can be helpful for those who are nose breathers and have trouble breathing through the mouth.

For those that wear glasses but not contacts, there is the ability to get a prescription lens put into your mask so you can see and enjoy the waters while snorkeling.

Deciding What to Choose

I would recommend going to a dive shop and trying on a few different types of masks before you buy one online. Finding the right fit is pretty easy. All you need to do is press the mask to your face and see if it holds, without breathing through your nose.

While the mask is stuck to your face take a look around with your eyes and see if the view is something you like. Once you have figure out the style you want you are free to buy.

You may find that you find a better deal at a dive shop. However, there are a lot of great deals on the internet like Amazon.com.

Conclusion

So there ya have it. A short sweet article on snorkels and masks. No matter what mask you end up choosing make sure that it is a good fit for your face. As this will be what will keep water from getting in your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop them in the comments.