Can You Breathe Underwater With a Full Face Snorkel Mask?

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 mask is 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).

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!