Can Children Use Full Face Snorkel Masks?

by Catalin Andries on May 22, 2020

As a parent, there’s nothing more natural than being a bit wary of new trends, products, and fads emerging on the market. You want to make sure your kids are staying safe when they’re running amuck, and that you’ve got good knowledge of the products and equipment they’re using.

If you’ve got a little one who desperately wants to try out a full face snorkel mask, or you’ve heard about them but aren’t sure if they’re suitable for kids – this article will resolve any questions or concerns you may have.

So let’s get to it:

Are full face snorkel masks safe for children?

The short answer: yes

If you’re just looking for a straight-out answer and don’t care about the nitty gritty, then yes, full face snorkel masks can totally be used by children. In fact, at Ninja Shark we have a whole range of full face snorkel masks, fins, wetsuits, and equipment designed just for kids.

That said, you want to make sure your kids are using the full face snorkel masks designed for children. You don’t want your kids borrowing an adult full face mask as it simply won’t fit around the face properly and cause a whole host of problems.

As with traditional snorkelling, make sure your kids are always well supervised when out on the water. Luckily, our kids full face snorkel masks have a longer tube that can be easily seen from a distance.

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Are full face snorkel masks safer for children than traditional snorkel masks?

While they might look a lot different, when it comes to safety there’s not much difference between a full face snorkel mask and a traditional snorkel mask. If you’re happy for your kids to splash around in a regular snorkel, then you can rest assured a full face snorkel mask won’t come with any extra dangers.

If anything, there are a number of advantages to full face snorkel masks that make them a more ideal choice for children. Let’s look at those in more detail.

Why a full face snorkel mask is more suitable for kids

  • Easier breathing

The design of the full face snorkel mask allows kids to breathe through both their nose and their mouth, making snorkelling a more natural and comfortable experience. This is especially handy for kids who might be afraid of the water or not enjoy the traditional snorkelling style.

  • Anti-leak seal

All too often, traditional snorkel masks can suck up a bit of seawater by accident, causing an unpleasant experience for anyone (kids and adults alike!) Full face snorkel masks include an anti-leak dry top seal that prevents water from entering the mask, so your kids can swim peacefully without worrying about choking (and more importantly, you won’t have to worry about them choking).

  • No sore jaws/teeth

If your kids complain about their jaws and teeth hurting after biting down on traditional snorkel masks for too long, they can enjoy less discomfort with the full face snorkel masks. Again, the design allows them to breathe more naturally, without a tube in their mouth causing aches and pains!

  • No fogging

Foggy goggles are the worst, and with kids the fogging seems to occur even more often! Our full face snorkel masks include an anti-fog coating, so your kids can snorkel free and easy without having to stop and defog their goggles all the time.

We’ve also designed them with a separate breathing chamber which creates an airflow away from the main viewing screen, so there’s even less chance of fogging.

  • Longer tube for easy supervision

Kids have way too much energy and will probably be snorkelling long after you’ve tired yourself out for the day. At Ninja Shark we’ve designed our children’s full face snorkels with a longer tube so they can easily be spotted from a distance without you having to feel like you’re playing a game of Where’s Wally.

  • High quality, safe materials

Let’s be real, there’s too much cheap stuff available on the market these days, and it can be tempting to drop a few dollars on a piece of equipment that’s super cheap. That said, those products aren’t always safe for use, and can include traces of toxic chemicals in the materials.

We’re speaking for ourselves when we say that our full face snorkel masks are made from a high quality, medical grade liquid silicone that is safe for use and contains no nasty stuff!

  • They look damn cool

When you’re buying stuff for kids it’s simply not gonna go down well if it doesn’t look cool. Children want stuff that’s cool and edgy, innovative and different, and we think full face snorkel masks look the part! A bit space-y, a bit alien-like, full face snorkel masks are just different from any other piece of equipment out there, and you can trust your kids will be all over that.

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A cooler and more comfy snorkel experience

When it comes down to it, full face snorkel masks have been designed to improve upon traditional snorkel masks, and it’s their new features that set them apart. These features – like the breathing mechanism, the anti-leak seal, and the anti-fog coating – all create a more comfortable and relaxing experience when snorkelling, making full face snorkel masks an ideal for choice for children.

A particularly good choice for those who may experience anxiety in the water or dislike the unnatural breathing mechanism of traditional snorkels, full face snorkel masks offer a new chance to try your hand at snorkelling and enjoy the beautiful scenery that’s hiding underwater. Have a look at our kids’ range today!

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"I'm not leaving my room without the mask. The full face snorkeling mask from Australia is comfortable and fit me perfectly! Love how easy it is to breath out your nose and mouth when you snorkeling and even has earplugs!"

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The Ninja Shark full face snorkel masks makes your experiences the best they can be. They are exclusively sold on the Ninja Shark website.

The Ninja Shark full face snorkel masks comes equipped with advanced Anti-Fog technology, automatic drainage, no CO2 Buildup with improved uni-directional valves, and a revolutionary breathe flow system so you can breathe through both your nose and mouth.

“If you thought we’re just here to sell you products, think again. You’re part of the Ninja Shark family, and your feedback matters! We’re constantly working to improve our products and deliver the full face snorkel mask that exists only in our dreams!”

What customers are saying about us…

“Awesome set.

Loved the complete set. I even used the waterproof phone pouch to take photos and videos underwater. It made my Fiji experience so much better than using the free snorkel set that hurt your face after 2hours and leaving a sun/mask mark. The ninja leaves no marks and gives great vision under water in comparison. It did take some getting used to but it definitely paid off! Only frustration is that the tightening straps are quite basic; they should be much simpler to loosen and tighten both in and out of water.” – Jock

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JEANNIE O. (Piara Waters, AU)
Bloody love this!

Never snorkelled in my life. Petrified of putting my head under water. But now my neck is bad - if I don't alter the way I swim - then no more swimming for me. This has opened 'a whole new world' - (haha -that songs stuck in your head now) - to me. I'm just using my ninja gear in my gym outdoor pool atm. My legs are getting so strong - and my lungs too - as I'm doing some great breathing. I have huge surgery coming up soon - and i believe this is allowing me to get to a great level of fitness - in preparation. Honestly - i can't go on enough about this product enough. My friend bought a cheaper version. She's given it away already... say no more 🤿🤿🤿

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Bolang C. (Perth, AU)
Great design

This is the best snorkel mask I’ve ever had. Very comfortable on face, easy to breathe. I am not a good swimmer, it makes me feel safe and enjoy snorkelling without distraction. Thank you ninjiashark.

Best snorkel ever!!

Got one of these for me and my 7 year old daughter for Xmas. We’ve used them twice already and love them!! So much easier to breathe, can see so much and just makes the whole snorkelling experience better! Would highly recommend!

Clear as day

Clear to see and easy to breathe,
Whole family loves the NinjaShark Snorkel mask.

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Robyn H. (Adelaide, AU)

The best snorkel and mask combination. No going back now! I could snorkel for over an hour easily. So glad I made this purchase

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Mermaid M. (Townsville, AU)

While travelling in Timor leste l met a fellow snorkeller. We snorkelled for 10 days together the food was shit but the water was stunning. The friend was using Ninja Shark fins and mask mine were steaming up, letting in water and heavy. On arriving back in Australia l ordered straight away.
I was a little bit anxious on receiving my order as the mask was quite different to my old one and the fins were short and adjustable ( l wanted them to be my size ! ) well to my luck the weather was beautiful ( yes mid winter in Mackay ) and perfect for boating so off we scooted to Cockermouth ( don't laugh it's a real place ) jumping in and WOW I'm now a mermaid 🧜‍♀️ the mask and fins felt like part of me. I actually cried as not only was the equipment allowing me to explore as l wanted but the reef was STUNNING. So lm indepted to Ninja Shark for making me the mermaid l always aspired to be 🧜‍♀️

Took it to Tahiti

I wasn’t quite sure about getting a full face mask but bought mine (Electra package) before a trip to Tahiti which we got home from yesterday - absolutely LOVED it!!! I’ll be getting one for my wife before our next trip to a similar destination. BTW I make LOTS of crazy videos with lots of toys. YouTube video placeholder
Life changing

I do love my full face snorkel.. the freedom of nose breathing under the water.. the meditative and relaxative effect of this snorkeling is unexpected and great. Fits so well.. comfy to wear for long time.. highly recommend

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jomm11 (Brisbane, AU)
Super quality & fit

So happy we got Ninja shark, perfect for Great barrier reef snorkel day.
Flippers, mask, dry wallet, carry bag (good quality bag), anti fog spray, happy days.

Ninja Shark Kids Mask

We recently brought the Ninja Shark Kids 3-11 Mask + Fins + Bag package for our 7 year old who absolutely loves it! Will be buying three more for the rest of the family. 😊

Even better than expected!

I saw the kids full face snorkel masks online, and thought they looked pretty cool. I ordered two for Christmas, for my 3 and 6 year olds. Wow, did they have a great time with them!

I wasn't sure how the 3 year old would go with it, but he was comfortable in it almost immediately, and spent hours swimming around and seeing a whole new world of underwater scenery.

They were easy to fit, zero issues with them staying on. No leaks or fog.

They can't wait to get back to the water!

Highly recommend this product :)

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Nick J. (Brisbane, AU)
mask swimming

The mask did exactly what was stated. I was very happy and will get another mask for my daughter.

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Sheara R. (Perth, AU)
Great way to swim

I have NEVER been able to snorkel but love swimming. These full face snorkels are an absolute game changer in my life. Now I try to swim around 5 kms a week in the local pool. The Ninja mask makes it easy to do laps. I’ve been using the Ninja Shark for a quite few years and find the new Electra the best full face mask ever. No leaks, no fog and really easy to use and great quality. I’ve noticed my regular chats with other swimmers at the pool have encouraged many of them to purchase one of their own. I’ve given my older models to my grandkids and they love them too.


I got one for the 3 year old and one for the 5 year old, I thought maybe the 3 year old would get the hang of it eventually but they both loved it and mastered it pretty quickly. We’ve only used in the swimming pool, excited to go snorkeling in the ocean soon. Great product.

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Sarah B. (Surfers Paradise, AU)
Love it!

Amazing product ! Have the electra package, kids love it. So easy to use. Highly recommend

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Jennifer M. (Brisbane, AU)
Love it

Bought these for myself and my husband after getting the full face masks for the kids, and they were so good we’re getting them for the rest of the extended family for Xmas. The fact u can dive down and not get water down ur snorkel is a brilliant bonus! Makes our family holidays much easier and better without snorkel dramas!

This made our holiday

The product itself was amazing, but the service we received allowed us to get our 2 sets of masks for our cruise. We took them with us and used them multiple times for snorkelling on our cruise to Nouméa and New Caledonia. It was amazing snorkelling and being able to breathe easily, and the fins were the most comfortable I've ever used. I've got size 13 feet, and not only were they completely adjustable, but they were THE most comfortable fins ever invented. A massive shoutout to Colleen Zamora from your support staff who helped me out and made it possible to take our gear on holidays! Thanks Colleen!
The photo is us snorkelling off Amadee Island looking for turtles!

My kids love them

I’ve got three of these masks for my younger kids, however the oldest wants one too as the young ones rave about how good the are.

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Our Ninja masks have made snorkelling as a whole family very easy and enjoyable. The kids (and parents) find them super easy to use and have allowed us as a family of five to snorkel for longer than we ever could using traditional snorkel gear. I would highly recommend these masks.

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Geri D. (Sydney, AU)
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Glad I have but haven’t needed to use .. yet

Great Mask

Love this mask. Kids find it so much easier snorkelling with the Ninja Shark. The snorkel mask is super clear and doesn’t fog up. The adjustable straps are great and easy to loosen and tighten. Very happy that we made the decision to get these for the kids.

A must for snorkelers!

Recently purchased the Equaliser Pro Mask, Finns and bag. 🤿 🐠🐡🐟🦈 Had an amazing time snorkeling off Fitzroy Island, the Pro mask allowed me to explore for over 7 hours. Higly recommend! Planning must next snorkeling trip! 🤿💦🌴☀️


we used our new masks over the weekend. they were amazing, my daughter barely had her head out of the water all day.

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This is great! More stores should do it!

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Olivia (Perth, AU)
Fantastic snorkel!

Our 5 year old has never snorkelled. Put it on and was snorkelling no problem straight away! Easy for him to put on and off by himself. We bought the full package with flippers (also amazing and he can put them on by himself) and the two wet bags. The foldable snorkel is so handy for storing while we are travelling. And the lifetime warranty gives us great comfort that we can use it for future trips! We are so impressed with this product I’m going to get mum and dad one too!