Full Face Mask vs Traditional Mask and Snorkel

Full Face Mask vs Traditional Mask and Snorkel

Looking for the snorkeling equipment that is right for you can be overwhelming. With so many different brands and styles of gear, how do you decide which would work best? A great place to start is to decide if you would like traditional snorkeling gear or the more modern Full Face Mask style.

Traditional snorkeling sets have a separate mask and snorkel. If you have ever rented gear before, this is most likely what you used. Full Face Masks are relatively new to the market, and many traditional snorkelers were originally skeptical of the design and function of these masks. Time has allowed Deep Blue Gear to perfect the design, making their Full Face Mask widely accepted by snorkelers, new and seasoned alike. St. John Beach Bum in USVI wrote this Facebook post boasting the safety and success of the Full Face Mask by Deep Blue Gear.

But which type of gear is best for those just starting out? We’ve listed the pros and cons of each option to help you make your decision.

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Traditional Mask and Snorkel

Pros

  • Easy transition into Scuba Diving
  • Prescription capable
  • More customizable options (mask model, colors, add-ons, and types of snorkels)


Cons

  • Can only breathe through your mouth
  • Holding snorkel in mouth may cause jaw fatigue
  • Two separate pieces of gear to keep track of

Full Face Mask

Pros

  • Covers nose and mouth so you can breathe through either, almost like you were not in water at all
  • Completely fog free
  • Wide field of vision


Cons

  • Need to know how to equalize the mask when you are using it to dive closer to the reef
  • Can’t adjust length of the snorkel at all, may be difficult to use in choppy water

We hope this helps you make your decision! Please let us know if you have any more questions below.