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Old 06-01-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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Full face snorkels

Hello again folks.

I've been seeing more and more of the tourists wearing these things in lieu of the old school snorkel masks. I've even seen people using them in the lap pool.



Would any of you ever use one of these for spearfishing? I get that it would make it hard to Valsalva, but I imagine you could still use some sort of nose clip.

Does anyone see any pros or cons to getting one of these things? I don't know why the shift happened, but given how many people have switched over for snorkeling purposes, it must be doing something right.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: Full face snorkels

I'm gonna say the air volume inside the mask is way too huge and would cause lots of problems on deeper freedives. Plus I've heard of fogging issues.

It would be interesting to try one, in secret, so that none of your friends would ever find out you did such a silly thing
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:24 PM   #3
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It would be interesting to try one, in secret, so that none of your friends would ever find out you did such a silly thing
It seems one could try in secret, or one could try openly and also have no friends.

Both would result in not having friends learn of the attempted silliness.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:59 AM   #4
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Re: Full face snorkels

Those things are for surface use. I would try one just for fun, but I would never consider using one for freediving or spearfishing. Imagine trying to equalise that thing! Lol!
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:51 AM   #5
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It seems one could try in secret, or one could try openly and also have no friends.

Both would result in not having friends learn of the attempted silliness.
That works too!
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:00 AM   #6
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Re: Full face snorkels

Here in Europe those masks are sold by DECATHLON under the EASYDIVE name. Meant for surface only. My girlfriend has one and threatens to ashame me to wear one whenever I take her spearfishing. XD XD

I never tried one though.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:24 AM   #7
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Re: Full face snorkels

too much volume, cant dive past 10'
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:46 AM   #8
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too much volume, cant dive past 10'
If it does not allow you to pinch your nose... then is not only a matter of volume, but also of preserving your ears!

Some guys can compensate without pinching, but not me.
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:02 PM   #9
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Re: Full face snorkels

My dad bought one, it's a gadget ! It's "ok" on the surface but that's it... My dad wanted to buy one for my 7 year old and I said no. He's already good with a mask and snorkel and I don't see the pros of that set up..
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My dad bought one, it's a gadget ! It's "ok" on the surface but that's it... My dad wanted to buy one for my 7 year old and I said no. He's already good with a mask and snorkel and I don't see the pros of that set up..
If a kid knows how to use a regular snorkel and mask, then this seems like a step backwards. However, for those who don't know yet how to disociate nose/mouth breathing, then it could be handy.

I have a 4 years old daugther who is eager to to to the beach and blow water out of the snorkel... just like whales do! I hope to get her introduced to snorkelling this very same summer.

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