zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

How to Know What Size Snorkel Mask Will Fit the Best

by
author image Marcy Brinkley
Marcy Brinkley has been writing professionally since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Soul," "Texas Health Law Reporter" and the "State Bar of Texas Health Law Section Report." Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Business Administration; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
How to Know What Size Snorkel Mask Will Fit the Best
Two people are snorkeling in the water. Photo Credit Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images

All you need for snorkeling is a snorkel -- a special breathing tube that allows you to swim face-down in the water without lifting your head to breathe -- and a mask. While the inexpensive masks available in drugstores might work for you, you will have a better experience if you try on a few masks to find the one that feels comfortable, offers a tight seal and affords good visibility. A poor-fitting mask will ruin your swim by forcing you to stop every few minutes to clear water from the mask and tighten the strap.

Step 1

Choose several masks within your age range -- child, youth or adult -- to try on. Adults with small, narrow faces should try youth-sized and adult-sized masks.

Step 2

Hold your breath and place the first mask gently against your face. Do not inhale or exhale. If the mask feels comfortable, go on to the next step. If it feels uncomfortable, remove it and try another mask.

You Might Also Like

Step 3

Press the mask gently against your face and let go. Do not inhale or exhale. If the mask falls off your face, it probably won't seal properly so try another mask. If it doesn't fall off, move on to the next step.

Step 4

Hold the mask on your face with one hand and pull the strap over your head with your other hand. Tighten or loosen it slightly if necessary to keep the mask from sliding. If you need to tighten the strap more than slightly, choose another mask.

Step 5

Test visibility by looking around without moving your head. Choose the mask that gives you the best peripheral vision and feels the most comfortable. If you wear glasses or contacts, you will enjoy snorkeling more if you wear contacts under your mask or invest in a mask with corrective lenses.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

References

Demand Media