If you're new to snorkeling, or even just swimming at a beach, deciding what you should wear can be a bit intimidating. This is especially true if you're a woman or otherwise femme-presenting. So let's go over what makes for good water sports attire. I'll even give you some examples of the best swimsuits for snorkeling that I've personally worn and encountered! Hollywood movies and popular TV shows give the impression that beaches are full of jocks with washboard abs and bikini-clad … [Read more...] about Best Swimsuits for Snorkeling (Top 5 and an Unlikely Bonus!)
Snorkeling Gear: Recommendations for All Experience Levels
Are you looking to get yourself some top quality snorkeling gear for your next adventure? Is renting sub-par equipment that's been used by hundreds of other people just not your thing? Well, you've come to the right place! Below, you'll find my handy list of top quality snorkeling gear that I personally love and recommend. Just so you know, most of the links I provide are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission if you buy something after following the link (at no … [Read more...] about Snorkeling Gear: Recommendations for All Experience Levels
Purge Valves on Dive Masks: Gimmick or Useful?
Did you know the purge valve was once a standard feature on almost all dive masks? In the early days of SCUBA when dive masks looked more like fishbowls, purge valves were a popular mechanism. That's because these vintage masks were characterized by high internal volumes and no molded nose pocket. The skirts on these masks were also made of natural rubber, not the soft silicone modern masks use. All these factors meant purge valves were a big help for clearing the dive mask. What is a purge … [Read more...] about Purge Valves on Dive Masks: Gimmick or Useful?
Wearing Socks with Fins (Choosing Thickness, Styles, and Materials)
If you've been on a casual snorkeling trip, you probably didn't think much about what was on your feet beside the fins themselves. Perhaps you used a simple pair of rental fins that you just slipped over your bare feet. However, perhaps you also found that your fins felt loose and slippery, even if they were the right size. Or maybe the fin pocket chafed around your ankles, leaving uncomfortable blisters. To take your snorkeling to the next level, you can optimize these imperfections by wearing … [Read more...] about Wearing Socks with Fins (Choosing Thickness, Styles, and Materials)
Sun Protection Clothing for Snorkeling (A Shopping Guide)
We've all heard the news about thinning ozone and increased rates of melanoma. On the other hand, we've also all heard the news about vitamin D and seasonal affective disorder. Doctors keep telling us how important it is to cover up in the sun, but in the same breath emphasize how healthy sun exposure is too. Add snorkeling to the mix and things get even more complicated. Swimwear typically offers less coverage than regular clothing, and sunscreens may have devastating effects on coral reefs. … [Read more...] about Sun Protection Clothing for Snorkeling (A Shopping Guide)