So you're looking to fit in some snorkeling on your next vacation (lucky you!) and you're doing some gear shopping. Snorkeling, due to its accessibility, is a sport that has rapidly grown in popularity over the last couple of decades. While that's great, it also means there's a dizzying variety of equipment to choose from. Fins, in particular, come in all kinds of different styles. Some fins are very short, only adding a few inches to your feet, while others are nearly a meter long! So how do … [Read more...] about Short or Long Fins for Snorkeling? Which is Best?
In the old days of SCUBA, when most divers were frogmen, SCUBA equipment looked very different than it does today. The dive mask has traditionally been a piece of the gear that brings to mind a modern VR headset. Solid, large viewing windows, a bit like a fishbowl strapped to your face. While more traditional dive masks are still in production (they do have their merits), a different trend has rapidly overtaken the market in recent years: the low-volume mask. This term is nearly unavoidable at … [Read more...] about What is a Low-Volume Dive Mask? (They Aren’t Just For Freedivers!)
Anyone new to snorkeling or SCUBA is likely to come across many references to dry snorkels. In fact, they seem to be very popular among novice and veteran adventurers alike! But what's the difference between a wet vs. dry snorkel? What exactly makes a dry snorkel "dry"? A dry snorkel has a special mechanism called a float valve in the tube of the snorkel. The float valve seals the snorkel tube if it becomes completely submerged. This might happen if you take a dive or a large wave rolls over … [Read more...] about Wet Vs. Dry Snorkel: What’s the Difference? (With Diagrams!)
The frameless mask is a design that has long been popular with freedivers and spearfishers. However, as those extreme sports have increased in popularity, so too have the specialized gear they use. Specialized designs for masks that were once niche and obscure, such as the low-volume profile and the frameless design, can now be found at almost any dive shop! This trend has left many SCUBA divers and snorkelers wondering what the hype is all about. What's the difference between framed and … [Read more...] about The Difference Between Framed and Frameless Masks (Pros and Cons)
(Styles, features, recommendations) Look awesome and avoid leg cramps on your trip by choosing the right pair! Looking to buy your own snorkeling equipment? Awesome! Your underwater adventures are going to level up over everyone else who's renting! I’ve already covered how to choose a mask and snorkel that suits your face and ability. So today, let’s talk all about the best snorkeling fins for beginners! When was the last time you had to buy a pair of shoes? And not just any old … [Read more...] about Ideal Snorkeling Fins for Beginners