A full face snorkel mas is a mask that completely covers the face while combining a breathing regulator and a diving mask. Unlike the traditional snorkel, with a full face snorkel mask, one can have regular breathing while they are under the water. Different divers have different experiences but understanding how it works as well as the pros and cons can help you in making an informed choice on whether to go for a full face snorkel mask or not. Some of the advantages of full face snorkel masks include:
Enables verbal communication under the water
Since with a full face snorkel mask you can breathe normally under water, it can also help you to have verbal communication under water. Therefore if you need to communicate with fellow divers, this may be a good route to take especially if you are doing an underwater search or recovery mission.
Chances of losing the mask under water is minimal
A full face snorkel mask comes with multiple straps that help to increase its reliability. Once the straps are secured well, the chances of losing the mask underwater is minimized.
Great range of vision
With a full face snorkel mask, you can enjoy an expansive range of vision, with up to 180 degree range of vision under water. The mask is a good size and the breathing tube as well increasing your level of visibility while you are on a swim. Surface visibility helps to minimize the chance of an accidental collision.
It’s comfortable for long swims
The full face snorkel mask covers the whole face and this means that the mask pressure is evenly distributed around the face making it very comfortable especially for long swims.
Low chance of mask fogging
A full face snorkel mask comes with an inbuilt dual vent system that expels every breath and hence preventing mask fogging concerns.
The mask is made from polycarbonate material which is very durable and shatterproof.
Some of the cons of a full face snorkel mask include:
Set up time
Because of the multiple straps it uses, it requires more time to set it up correctly. Not setting the mask correctly increases the chances of the mask flooding with water or falling off while you are under water.
As much as the chances of water seeping in the mask is minimal, once the water gets into the mask, it is very difficult to expel it as compared to the traditional snorkel. If the mask has water, breathing is also obstructed.
It is more costly than the traditional snorkel and basic diving mask combined.
It is heavy and may cause a drag during a swim
When you are using this mask, the pressure buildup increases as you go deeper underwater. It may be hard to relieve pressure build up
It cannot work with prescription glasses if you have to use one for increases vision under the water.