What Should I Wear When Snorkeling?
Posted by David Morgan on May 27th 2022
Getting ready for your first snorkel trip?
You’re about to experience a whole new world under the surface of the ocean. It’s important to be prepared but deciding what to wear can be overwhelming.
There are a few key pieces of equipment that will make your outing more enjoyable and allow you to be both safe and comfortable in the water. From your fins to your sunscreen, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to wear while snorkeling.
The Basic Gear
The four essential pieces of equipment for snorkeling are a mask and a snorkel. Without these items, you’ll be doing little more than swimming.
- Swimsuit - You can snorkel in any style of swimwear, but there are some that may be more practical than others. Choose a swimsuit that is secure and comfortable.
- Mask - Ensure you have a mask that is fitted correctly and comfortable. Ideally, you’d like to be comfortable enough to stay in the water for an hour or more.
- Snorkel - Next, make sure your snorkel is working properly and is in reliable condition. Make sure you know how to use it correctly and practice slow breathing beforehand if necessary.
- Sunscreen - Make sure to add plenty of sunscreen to your back before you head out. Because snorkelers float on top of the water for an extended period of time, you’ll want to be sure you don’t come back with a sunburn.
The Recommended Gear
There are a few pieces of equipment that aren’t essential, but they are recommended to get the most out of your snorkeling experience.
- The Fins - Snorkel fins allow you to swim longer, farther, and easier in the water. You can snorkel without them, but you’ll likely tire quickly, and won’t get as much out of your experience. Using a good pair of fins allows you to glide through the water and enjoy your time under the sea.
- Snorkel Vest - If you are not a confident swimmer, you should wear a snorkel vest to help with flotation. This will make it easier to stay floating and help you to stay calm in deeper waters. The comfort of a snorkel vest is helpful for those who are wary about being in the open ocean while snorkeling.
Accessories & Extras
These accessories and extras are not required, and many snorkelers do not use them at all.
However, they can be helpful in certain waters, or may make your experience more comfortable.
- Wetsuit - A wetsuit is not required to snorkel, and only recommended if you are going to be in cool waters.
- Rash Guard - If you’re going to be snorkeling in warm water, opt for a rash guard or swim shirt rather than a wetsuit. This will protect your skin from the sun and other irritants while keeping you cool and comfortable.
- Fin Socks or Swim Shoes - If you want to protect your feet, you can bring swim shoes or fin socks. This is not necessary and is entirely personal preference based on what is more comfortable to you. Some snorkelers prefer bare feet, while others like the extra layer of protection over their toes.
- Headband or Hair Ties - If you have long hair, you’ll want to make sure it’s tied back so it doesn’t obstruct your view of the sea-life.
- Waterproof Pouch - Depending on where you will be snorkeling, you may choose to carry your phone or other valuables. Make sure your pouch stays secure around your waste and is completely waterproof.
Whether you’re headed to the California coast, a Hawaiian oasis, an island in the Caribbean, or the beaches of Bali, be sure you are prepared for your snorkel trip with all of the essentials.
When possible, bring your own gear that is fitted for you and comfortable to wear.
Reliable essentials will go a long way in ensuring you have a safe and amazing snorkeling experience.