Snorkel Equipment That Every Snorkeler Should Have On Hand
Snorkelling is fun so long as you have the right gear. It’s hard to relax and focus on the fabulous stuff underwater if your mask leaks, snorkel floods easily and fins blister your feet. Here’s what you need to buy or rent as a snorkeler.
Buy a good-quality, perfect-fitting snorkel mask. Choose silicone over plastic.
Snorkels come in different styles and sizes. Buying the right snorkel is important for your preferences and mouth shape.
Depending on your strength and skill level, pick snorkelling fins with open or closed feet. Split and solid options are available.
Use a water-resistant, reef-friendly sunscreen because most sunscreens contain chemicals that kill fish and bleach corals.
For maximum sun protection, wear a full-body rash guard. A rash guard provides warmth and Jellyfish sting protection.
This inflatable lifesaver is a must-have tool for novice snorkelers. Use one even if you’re a confident swimmer.
A Snorkel Bag
Get a well-made, good-sized snorkel bag with padded straps to store your gear, keep it organised and allow it to dry. This bag is light to carry around.
What about your wallet and car keys if you’re snorkelling on a public beach? Keep your keys, iPod, wallet and cell phone in a waterproof case so they don’t get stolen.
A snorkelling belt is used to carry shoes, cameras and other valuables. It’s easy to make your own elastic belt.
Make diving easy with a weight belt. Used well, this belt allows you to stay underwater.
On rocky shores, wear snorkelling shoes. Have a belt to carry the shoes. Another option is wearing boots in open fins if the fins are roomy enough.
Hair and Head Protection
Swim caps are convenient if long hair drives you nuts when snorkelling. To protect your ears from the sun, put on Buff Headwear.
Mask Strap Over
Tight rubber straps tangle long hair and exert pressure on the skull. A neoprene cover prevents such issues and makes taking your mask on-and-off easy.
Mask and Camera Protective Bags
Buy neoprene bags to store your camera or mask while travelling. Avoid using hard plastic bags.
Travel Pack Towels
Pack one or two towels in your gear bag. Towels are for wiping yourself after snorkelling and hanging out at the beach.
Use a snorkelling watch to keep track of the time you’re spending underwater. Watches are analog or digital and affordable or high-end.
After snorkelling, you’ll want to know everything you saw while out and about. A fish, creature and coral ID book comes in handy.
Night Snorkelling Lights
If you like to snorkel at night, get a quality light that’s designed to illuminate the dark waters.
A waterproof snorkelling camera is fun to have and use to film your underwater experience.
Be well-equipped to enjoy your snorkelling trip to the fullest. Renting is cheaper than buying but rented gear may not be in good condition.
Another option is to do a tour or charter e.g. http://www.australianwildlifejourneys.com/plan-your-trip/special-interest-activities/snorkeling, so you don’t need to worry about supplying all your own equipment.