Any snorkelling experts in?

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  • Any snorkelling experts in?
  • FunkyDunc
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    I think the comments above are true about face ones not being great for diving down. I struggle to but I’m not a great swimmer. They rarely fog up. Only moving from extreme temps ie I was using yesterday in between a sheltered cove and the open ocean it actually misted up coming back in to the warmer water.

    Our son loves the masks

    Premier Icon jairaj
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    My experience from using a full face mask …

    Very easy for beginner to pick up (ie me) found it easier than a traditional mask and pipe.

    Need to spend a bit of time getting the straps correct to get a good seal but once sorted it worked fine even with a bit of stubble (6mm long). Don’t think it will work if you have a proper beard.

    Get one of the better masks with the extra features and valves. Mine had separate valves for intake and exhaust so I think the chance of CO2 build up is low. The mouth and nose section is separated from the face so its a small volume of air so is easily purged with each breath. I had no dizziness or sickness from using it for 10+ mins, light breathing and heavy breathing, I felt fine.

    The auto value in the intake pipe worked a treat never let any water in when I submerged under the surface.

    I had a very very slight amount of fogging and really did not detract from the experience. I think the air flow is designed to blow over the front of the mask to prevent fogging and it seemed to do its job very well. The water temp was about 15degC and as newbie I would have thought this was cool enough to cause considerable condensation.

    Mask is really not hard to take off in an emergency if you need. Just lift up from the chin and whip it off in a second.

    The extra volume of trapped air in a full face mask compared to traditional one makes your head more buoyant so diving under the surface felt a bit harder as your head wanted to float more.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Easier to use? I would suggest if you can’t breathe hard enough to clear a snorkel you shouldn’t be swimming in open water.

    FWIW, I’m technically still qualified to teach you how to snorkel, so yeah, maybe I shouldn’t be in open water.

    I would suggest that if you can’t ride a rigid 26er with canti brakes down the Fort Bill World Cup course then you shouldn’t be riding off road.

    gobuchul
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    I would suggest that if you can’t ride a rigid 26er with canti brakes down the Fort Bill World Cup course then you shouldn’t be riding off road.

    What are you on about? I guess the number of people who could do that is very low.

    How does that compare with purging a snorkel?

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    What are you on about?

    Technological advances make things easier.

    gobuchul
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    Technological advances make things easier.

    Pointless tech is pointless.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Pointless tech is pointless.

    Purge valves and wave guards are not pointless.

    gobuchul
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    In your opinion. I disagree. Unnecessary additions.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Unnecessary additions.

    Much like disk brakes and suspension, you can ride the WC track at Fort Bill without them, but it’s a lot more fun with.

    Which was my point.

    gobuchul
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    you can ride the WC track at Fort Bill without them,

    No I can’t. In fact I doubt I could ride it with them.

    mikertroid
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    I wouldn’t say I was an expert, but have done a huge amount of off piste snorkelling in the last 5 years.

    Those Decathlon masks are okay for surface use, but if you need to dive down, you can’t clear your ears properly. I have both (my sons begged for the Decathlon one) but only ever use the normal type. Also if it doesn’t fit, it’s rubbish.

    I got a great setup from Sports Direct a few years ago (Hot Tuna) and Mares fins from Amazon.

    Use demister spray (£7 from amazon).

    Enjoy.

    Bit of a thread resurrection. Aldi had one of those full face things on their cheap shelf so I gave it a go. Prepared to be disappointed, wasn’t. As mentioned previously, it takes a while to get the fit just right and I think it would fit someone with a thinner face than mine but that’s a fit issue not the mask and does say that, like walking boots, you should deffo try before you buy. For surface snorkelling, fine. This was in Malta and there’s enough to see at the surface so no descending issues. The air “washing” down over the glass kept it fog free and the bubbles diverted out of the side of the mask so fine clear view. Fitted with GoPro mount so took on on my swim to the pub and got some decent pics of the local wildlife. Had some water ingress until I got the straps right but cleared easily. CO2 buildup not an issue as exhaust air takes a different route out of the mask (side valves) to incoming air so you won’t be recycling used air into your lungs. It will certainly be getting more use unless I try for another with a slightly more comfortable fit but it’s not desperate.

    Premier Icon cb
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    Update from here too…we opted for full face Decathlon jobs for the kids and they loved them. I was pretty strict with them in terms of nausea, headaches etc get the thing of your head and take a break. Never really happened though and we found them easy to remove rather than the difficult process some had mentioned.

    I used a normal style as I’m whiskered up and didn’t want a full face leaking on me. I had far more issues keeping de-misted than the full face versions. The dive school suggested burning a silicon coating off my mask and even using toothpaste to keep it clear. In the end the best option was the old spit and rinse – I had been cleaning it too much!

    I found the traditonal variety of mask gave better peripheral vision. As an aside, it was fascinating to see the island’s marine biologist snorkelling – just diving down deep and seemingly staying there for bloody ages – all calm and gentle, god knows how she did it!

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Had the best snorkelling this year.  Saw 11 turtles in one go and every kind of fish including my new favourite ,the flying gurnard.

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Mrs Zip got prescription goggles from a proper dive shop. They were excellent. One of our party went to specsavers and they were given a plus prescription rather than a minus.

    Go to a proper shop.

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