A correct fitting snorkelling mask is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience in the water.
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Choosing a snorkelling mask
When snorkelling, a properly fitted mask is essential for both comfort and safety. The wrong size or shape of mask can cause discomfort and impair visibility underwater, leading to accidents or injury. It is therefore important to choose the correct snorkelling mask for your individual needs.
The first step in selecting the right mask is determining what type of face you have. Different masks are designed for different faces, so choosing one that fits your face shape will ensure maximum comfort when worn. If you have an oval-shaped face, look for a low-volume mask with wide vision lenses and minimal space between your eyes and the glass; this will reduce drag underwater. Conversely, if you have a round face, opt for a high-volume mask with a wider field of view.
The next step is to ensure that the mask fits correctly and securely on your face. Start by adjusting the strap so that it sits snugly above your ears. Then, put on the mask and use your fingers to feel for any gaps between the frame and your face; if there are any gaps, adjust the straps until they fit more securely. Finally, take a few breaths through your nose while wearing the mask; if you feel no air leakage then it is likely that the seal is good enough for safe snorkelling!