Got a question about our full face snorkel masks? Chances are you weren’t the only one to think of it, and someone’s already asked. Lucky you, the answer’s right here! Whether you’ve already got your full face mask or you’re still in the pondering stages, this article should clear things up. It’s not like full face snorkel masks are an incredibly complex gadget to understand, but naturally questions will arise due to the simple fact that they’re extraordinarily new and exciting.
And if you can’t find your question anywhere, well… congrats! Either you’re a creative soul, or nobody’s ever stumbled upon your issue before. Hit us up and we’ll get back to you with a response.
1. Why is there water leaking into my mask?
Those who are still in the thinking stages – don’t freak out! Our full face snorkel masks do have a comfy silicone watertight seal that prevents leakage. That said, there are a few things on our bodies that might get in between the silicone seal and your skin, creating tiny little pockets of space for water to seep through. Such things include: beards, long hair. For that, our beard snorkelling lovers have successfully used vaseline to help seal the face to the mask.
If you’re certain that there’s nothing in the way of your seal, then you may not be wearing the right size for your face shape. Either that, or your face has shrunk since you’ve bought the mask and now it doesn’t fit so well.
2. Can I freedive with the full face snorkel mask?
It saddens us to say it, but the sheer design of the full face mask doesn’t allow for freediving. The dry top seal that prevents water entry doesn’t work when the body is in a vertical position (i.e. while going for a freedive), and the air contained within the full face mask is a lot greater than your usual snorkel mask. What does that mean? Go down more than a metre and that air pressure is gonna start feeling real weird on your face! Another reason why freediving is not possible with a full face snorkel mask is because you’re unable to equalise the pressure between your ears. Which brings us to the next question…
3. How can I balance the pressure between my ears with a full face mask?
Ah, you’ve noticed the fact that your nose is hidden behind the snorkel mask, making it impossible to pinch with your fingers and equalise the pressure between your ears. Clever observation, dear snorkeller. Not to worry! Just because your nose has the freedom of inhaling underwater with a full face mask, doesn’t mean you have to put up with uncomfortable amounts of pressure.
That’s what nose clips are for, buddy. Lots of people already snorkel with nose clips on, anyway, to keep water out of their noses. With the full face mask you’re already sorted for that, so a nose clip instead works to balance the pressure between your ears. Too easy!
4. What’s that sound?
Hearing a gentle hum while you snorkel? That’s your breath, baby! Listen to it and love it. As you breathe, valves located along the full face snorkel mask open and close, letting air in and out and doing all the magical stuff that allows you to stay underwater for so long. Those valves make a little noise, as does your breath, and that results in that sweet gentle hum some people pick up on while snorkelling.
5. Aaah, I can’t breathe!
If you get a moment while using the full face snorkel mask in which breathing is restricted, you’re lucky. The snorkel mask has just saved you from swallowing a mouthful of salty seawater. The dry top seal in the snorkel prevents water entry, so if a wave passes over your head or you lean too far forward, the seal is triggered. That blocks off the top of the snorkel (stopping that gross saltwater from coming in), and prevents you from breathing. Relax! That doesn’t mean you can never breathe again. Just exhale and it’ll unseal itself, and all will be well in the world.
6. Why does sand hate me and my full face snorkel mask?
Sand is a full face snorkel mask’s enemy. If you want your mask to last, keep it away from sand. The fine grains of the sand can scratch the window of your mask, ruining an otherwise perfect view. It can also clog up the floater in the snorkel.
Make sure you rinse your snorkel regularly to keep sand out and prevent yourself having to do a painstaking epic clean. If sand does get into the vents, use a key or something similar to slide through the vents and unblock the floater. And don’t lose your snorkel bag. Your snorkel bag is your best friend.
7. How can I properly care for my full face snorkel mask?
Your full face snorkel mask is your baby. And lucky for you, taking care of it is nowhere near as difficult as caring for an actual baby. Just keep it away from sand, or if it gets in sand – which is understandable since you’ll be using it at the beach mostly – make sure you rinse it out properly afterwards. Let it dry, and keep it in its bag.
Lucky for you the snorkel mask comes in one piece, so you don’t have to keep track of all the bits and bobs, but if you’ve got a GoPro mount, ear buds, or nose clips, just keep ’em in the same bag as the snorkel, will you? Save yourself the panic of looking all over the house 5 minutes before you’re supposed to head to the beach. Thank us later.
Those seem to be the most common questions that pop into our inbox. If you’ve got something else you want to know, send us a message and we’ll give you an answer (no maths equations or homework questions, please).