If you're in the market for a pair of fins to use on your next snorkeling trip, you might be confused about what kind of fin to buy. You should be buying your snorkeling gear at a dedicated dive shop (you can read this article to learn why that is important). However, that means many of the fins you'll come across will be designed for SCUBA divers, not snorkeling. But isn't a fin just a fin? What's the difference between snorkeling and SCUBA fins? SCUBA fins tend to be longer, stiffer, and … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Snorkeling Fins and SCUBA Fins?
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!)
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)