Can You Breathe Underwater With a Full Face Snorkel Mask?

by Catalin Andries on September 23, 2019

We get a lot of questions from people who want to know how breathing works on a full face snorkel mask.

  • Can you really breathe underwater as if you’re not underwater?
  • Does it really help to ease the anxiety associated with breathing with a traditional snorkel mask?
  • How does it all work, anyway?

Well, we’ve created this article to answer all these questions and give some more information on how breathing works with a full face snorkel mask. The short answer is that, yes, you can breathe underwater with a full face snorkel mask. We wouldn’t send you out there with a mask that restricted or prevented your breathing. That’d just be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

So let’s get into it.

Breathing with a traditional snorkel mask

We’ll be honest, we started this company because we could see a lot of people were missing out on snorkelling purely due to the fact that they didn’t like ‘the whole breathing thing’.

Whether it’s hearing themselves breathe, having a tube stuck in their mouth the whole time, or not being able to take in air through their nose, there are a number of things that people just plain don’t like about breathing with a traditional snorkel. And that’s why we set out to design a full face snorkel mask that would make things easier, so more people could enjoy the underwater universe while breathing more comfortably, naturally, and effortlessly.

In case you missed it: a traditional snorkel maskis one that involves having a tube in your mouth that sticks out above the water. You inhale and exhale through the tube, and we can kinda see why it can be freaky for some people. It’s not uncommon to have water accidentally enter the tube, making you choke, and it’s easy to suffer jaw fatigue and claustrophobia when you’re a newbie.

Breathing with a full face snorkel mask

So, what’s the difference between breathing with a traditional snorkel mask and a full face snorkel mask?
With a full face snorkel mask you breathe the same as you would normally. As in, as if you weren’t even underwater, as long as the top of the tube stays above the water.

The mask covers your whole face (hence being called a full face mask) so that you can breathe through both your nose and mouth. Do a bit of this, a bit of that, do whatever you like. We’ve designed our full face snorkel mask so that breathing is natural, comfortable, and easy, so even little kids and people with snorkel phobia can have a go.

So there’s no tube?

Well, there’s still a tube, cos how else are we going to get air inside your mask? That said, the tube is connected to the top of the mask rather than your mouth, so you can rest easy and forget about that jaw fatigue. You can stick your tongue out and smile in photos, and you can talk (yes, even your GoPro camera will pick up what you are talking under the water with a full face snorkel mask).

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Can you choke on water with a full face snorkel mask?

Look we don’t like to say the word never, but we’ve done everything possible to reduce your chances of choking on water while wearing a full face snorkel mask. How have we done that? With a dry top anti-leak seal that prevents water from entering your mask.

Basically, a ball sits at the top of the snorkel tube keeping the air valve sealed while you’re underwater, so that no water is able to enter. If any water does get into your mask, a drainage system will make sure its automatically expelled so your mask stays nice and dry and your breathing uninterrupted.

A full face snorkel mask isn’t going to turn you into a mermaid, but it sure will keep you breathing underwater for longer. If you’re not a fan of traditional snorkel masks, you’ll definitely love the freedom and comfort of breathing underwater with a full face snorkel mask. It’s never felt more natural and easy, and if you don’t take our word for it then you’ll just have to try it out for yourself!

How many people dream of snorkelling but don't feel comfortable wearing a snorkel mask?

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NINJASHARK is the sound of a revolution in snorkeling. Whereas other water equipments companies are constantly adding poor quality products, we listen to your feedback and constantly improve our products to fit for all of your needs.

"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!"

“The mask include GOPRO mounts, so you can easily film and photograph underwater scenery! I highly recommend especially to people who have a fear of snorkeling! This mask is really easy to use and is safe!” said @lud.around. “I can’t wait for my next trip with my new mask!”

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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by Cassandra Barrow on February 10, 2021

Hiw comfortable and secure it seems

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by Jennifer on December 09, 2020

We are that excited to try this as we are heading up the Australian Coast after Christmas ✌🏾🌟

by Pamela Wootton on December 07, 2020

Looks amazing and awesome cannot wait to try it

by Carly on December 07, 2020

To see how my young kids go with it

by paul on November 24, 2020

I think i would like to try one out.

by Indu Scott on November 24, 2020

Sounds amazing!
~ I have difficulty using the traditional snorkel ~ This snorkel would be fabulous

by Simone Murdock on November 24, 2020

Wow, this is an amazing mask. I hate the jaw fatigue you mentioned and I do struggle with regulating my breathing. I hope I can afford one of these one day soon.

by Anne Corcoran on November 24, 2020

Car to wait to try it.

by Anne on November 24, 2020

The masks will give people more scope to open try new things and broaden their horizons. Even I would try it which speaks volumes.

by Anne on November 24, 2020

The masks will give people more scope to open try new things and broaden their horizons. Even I would try it which speaks volumes.

by Melvyn leroy Curtis on November 24, 2020

I’m in my late 60s and grew up with the traditional tube in mouth these masks look absolutely fantastic can’t wait to try them

by Joanna on November 21, 2020

This looks amazing!!! My 9 year old son would have SO much fun with this!!!

by Jesse on November 20, 2020

I need to try this as my old snorkel has had it

by Anthony Sexton on November 19, 2020

whats the sizes for adults and kids

by Phillip Bowen on November 18, 2020

How much do they cost ?

by Maryanne on November 16, 2020

Always feel claustrophobic with a normal snorkel so would love to see if this solves that problem for me.

by Amanda Millar on November 13, 2020

How does the carbon dioxide get removed from the mask, and not rebreathed in.

by Graeme Clancy on November 16, 2020


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by Stephen on November 10, 2020

I have always had issues with snorkel masks fitting and sealing properly as my head has quite a unique shape which traditional masks don’t accommodate for…getting one custom made is price to say the least…how are these full face masks when it comes to fitting uniquely shaped faces/heads?

by Kristy on November 10, 2020

I would love to try this and see if I can use it I have no luck with the other snorkel version not sure if it’s because of my asthma or I’m uncoordinated 😂

by Noela O'Reilly on November 08, 2020

Awesome would love to try

by Noela O'Reilly on November 08, 2020

Awesome would love to try

by Noela O'Reilly on November 08, 2020

Would really love to try

by Megan Taylor on November 08, 2020

This sounds like the perfect solution.

by Chris on November 08, 2020

This sounds awesome. Can’t wait to try it :)

by Donna on November 08, 2020

Awesome can’t wait to try it

by Adrian wall on November 07, 2020

Looking forward to try the mask and see how it works


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