Is it dangerous? Is the full-face snorkel mask dangerous – is it safe to use? That is what my wife asked me when I told her that we were going snorkeling with the RASSE full face Snorkel Mask. Then of course, she then asked. Can you breathe under water with it? I was like. What?
Full Face Snorkel Mask Dangerous?
Are the full Face snorkel mask dangerous? In my hours of research in finding out if the Rasse full-face Snorkel Mask was for me. I ran across an interesting website. The Scuba Doctor. According to the site, it is dangerous to use a full-face snorkel mask.
But is it? I purchased the mask because I am not going deep free diving (that is to dive deep just holding breath). Another factor is, I am only doing it for leisure purposes. I am not a diver, if I wanted to deep dive I would get certified and use scuba gear.
Therefore, the exceptions that The Scuba Doctor offers fall in line with why I purchased the snorkel mask.
The Doctor says: Full-face snorkeling masks are not designed for:
1. Leaving the surface to dive underwater (I did that but not going very deep).
2. Free-diving (again not going very deep – just shallow).
3. Spearfishing (that would be more than leisure time and exerts too much energy to be holding your breath).
4. Extensive open water swimming (the manufacturer and professionals all suggest no longer than 45 minute use – so no, not planning to go out to open seas).
5. Swim practice (Oops – I did this for a while. Simply because I wanted to practice, get some exercise and it was easier since it has been years since I really swam for long period of time).
Can you breath underwater?
Using a full-face snorkel mask: Can you breathe underwater? The answer is simple – No! You cannot breathe underwater using a full-face snorkel mask. Just like every snorkel device, you breathe through a tube that extends above the water line and has no other source of air.
The only difference between a normal snorkel device and a full-face snorkel mask is the full face feature. Another distinction may be the design of the air tube. The RASSE full-face snorkel mask is designed with a ball that floats up (when under water) to keep water from getting in the tube.
This design helps in insuring that when you come up for air, you have little or no water in breathing tube, so newbies like me – you do not breathe in and swallow water. That is the last thing I want to do, to get my lungs full of water at Devil’s Den in fifty feet deep water in a cavern. Nope, not me.
Can You Dive with Full-face Mask?
Can you dive with a full-face mask? The full-face snorkel mask is just that, a snorkel mask. You cannot dive, as in deep diving because that would mean you are free diving (holding breath). The other reason is, diving implies scuba diving and the mask does not provide a source of air.
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It all goes back to the purpose and use of the equipment. The full-face mask is intended to help you see more with a wider view and anti-fog feature. It also allows you to feel more natural as you breathe – through mouth and nose. An added benefit is no jaw fatigue since there is no mouthpiece that you need to bite down on to hold it in place.
The full-face mask is not intended to be used for deep dives or to replace scuba diving gear. It is meant to be used for leisure activities in certain water conditions.
Are Full Face Snorkel Mask Better?
Are the full-face snorkel mask better? Good question but there is no real answer to give. Some say it is, and others say no. I would assume it is all based on preference. Quality and design may be a completely different subject, but as far as are full-face mask better than traditional snorkel equipment with mouth piece and mask. It would depend on you.
There are Pros and Cons to everything in life. You simply have to decide which works best, suits your needs and you like best. As for me, I like the full-face mask – just check out my video review of the RASSE snorkeling Mask.
Can You Wear Glasses w/ Full Face Snorkel Mask?
I wear glasses – sadly. So the thought occurred to me. Can you wear glasses with a full-face snorkel mask? The answer is no. You cannot wear glasses because first, the glasses do not allow a clean and complete seal around your face. Second, it would be so uncomfortable to wear glasses. Not to mention. How would they fit?
Some have suggested that you can wear contact lenses in order to by-pass this issue. But I am not a fan of contacts, never liked them, never use them. You would have to try it out for yourself and let me know down below in the comments. I would be interested to hear how it worked out for you.
Can You Snorkel If You Can’t Swim?
You would think it is a given. That if you are going snorkeling you would know how to swim. The truth is you do not need to know how to swim in order to snorkel. If you can float, which most people have enough buoyancy to keep them from involuntarily sinking, then you can snorkel.
I would suggest as most do. That if you do not know how to swim – at least fairly well. That you learn. The first thing Devils Den mentions in its website is – you have to know the basics of swimming. If you are a poor swimmer. They suggest you practice a bit before going snorkeling at Devils Den.
Now this may be a way for them to protect themselves from lawsuits (some-what). However, I would rather be safe than sorry. I want my family to come home with a wonderful experience to share with friends and family. Rather than a horror story of loss or sorrow.
What Is The Best Full-Face Mask?
So you want to go snorkeling and you want to know which to buy. What is the best full-face snorkel mask? That is a good question, and a tough one. It depends on you. There are many good full-face mask available to you.
I purchased the RASSE full-face snorkel mask from Amazon. However, this is my first; I cannot speak from long years of experience. I can only say that I love my purchase and have purchased three more for my family to use.
From what I understand there are many more brands you can choose from.
Seaview 180 Degree Snorkel Mask
Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask
Ocean Reef Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask
Seabeast AF90 Full Face Snorkel Mask
Greatever Foldable Snorkel Mask
My suggestion would be to do what I did. Do research. Investigate and do your own homework. See what works for you as in reading reviews, designs and yes – the price factor. With that, I hope you try snorkeling out and if you are ever in Florida, consider visiting Devils Den.