If you are a beginner or a snorkelling enthusiast then the most important piece of gear you should invest in is your snorkel mask with prescription lenses or regular mask. It protects your eyes not just from the water itself and the bacteria in it but also from other objects in the water, debris, grains of sand, and more. With so much riding on it, spending a good amount on the best one you can is the right move. If you do not know how to identify what separates the cheap masks from the good masks here is a look at what to look for. Sometimes it is worth spending a bit more to get something made well.

Make sure it fits well before you head to the water with it

The whole point of a snorkelling mask is so that you can see clearly the amazing world below the surface of the water. But you also need it to be comfortable and fit properly. It should allow you to breathe easily and may be a prescription snorkel mask if you need help with your vision. One way you can prevent water from entering up the nose is to have one that encloses the nose and this also helps prevent pressure differential that can cause pinching. Before you head to the water make sure your mask fits well so no water can get in and also check that it is comfortable for longer periods.

Consider the panels or lenses, type, material and number

There are a lot of different types and styles of snorkelling masks so which one you choose depends on personal preference. Sometimes there is a bit of trial and error, trying options until you find something just right. You can have one lens, a single glass panel that means no interruption but you cannot have a snorkel mask with prescription lenses with that style. Then there are snorkelling masks that cover the whole face but these tend to be more for professional diving.

With a double glass panel mask option, you can get prescribed lenses if you need them. If you wear contacts or glasses it depends on how strong your prescription is. You should also be aware that you can buy masks that already come with adjusted lenses, but only up to a certain number. If your prescription for your eyes does not fall in those numbers you will need to have something made specifically to your needs. It costs a bit more but is worth it to be able to see clearly.


When you are looking for a great snorkel mask you need to keep some things in mind. The strap, how well it fits, angle on the face, seal, number of lenses, and whether you need a prescription snorkel mask. With a bit of forethought, you can better enjoy it each time you go snorkelling. Learn how to look after your gear and it can last for many adventures to come.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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