Nowadays, more and more people are drawn to the excitement brought by snorkeling. This is the reason why many people who go to tropical islands for vacations or for their holidays consider a complete set of snorkeling gear as one of their vacation essentials.

Among the three main pieces of snorkeling equipment, special attention must be given to your snorkel mask since it is more expensive and important in ensuring your safety and enjoyment. Carefully stored gear can be used on these rare occasions, just make sure that your mask, snorkel, and fins are free from any damage over the winter.

Keeping your snorkel mask in good condition is possible, just make sure that you follow the maintenance and storage guidelines that come with them when bought. Before use, make sure that the lens is free from any cracks and its straps free from signs of rust, wear or tear.

Among the pieces of a snorkel set (snorkel, snorkel mask and fins), it is the mask that allows you to maintain clear underwater vision, making it possible for you to explore the diving area’s diverse marine life and amazing coral reefs. With its silicone or rubberized skirts molding into the face to create an airtight seal, preventing water from seeping inside the mask.

In the past, older versions of snorkel mask used rubber for their straps and skirts. Thanks to the advancement in technology, high-tech materials are now used to manufacture high-quality masks. New materials such as silicon and other modern rubberized materials ensure longevity and air-tight reliability features.

With that in mind, never even consider buying non-silicone masks. The same thing applies with the mask lens. Make sure you choose a tempered glass lens instead of a plastic one since it will break easily. Invest more in quality for it entails safe and long-term service that complements your snorkeling.

If you happen to be one of those people who are considered as “blind as a bat” you can bring your prescription lenses to a dive shop and order a custom made snorkel mask. When the word “custom made” easily rings “expensive” to your ears, think again. It is actually not that expensive. While a conventional masks costs an average of $50 – $100, you can get your prescription lens for an additional cost of only $30 approximately.

Diving mask lenses usually come in three increments of 0.5 diopters. Although not an exact copy of your prescription glasses, ordering custom lenses for your mask is a wise decision, allowing you to enjoy more details of nature’s underwater treasures.

If you ask any snorkel enthusiast, they will agree that when choosing and buying a great snorkeling mask, quality should come first. While certain mask are available for as low as $15 or $20, relatively high-quality masks can be bought in the $30 – $40 price range. Top of the line masks can cost as high as $80 a piece.

There you go. If you want to start snorkeling, the above guide should act as a stepping stone on what to look for.