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Tour operators start ban on full-face snorkel masks

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by grantwiscour, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Florida
    This paragraph from the article mails it...

    “Some of the concerns tour companies in Hawaii have raised with full-face snorkel masks is the difficulty of removing the masks if water gets inside; that the masks can retain more carbon dioxide than traditional snorkel masks; and that the masks cover the snorkeler’s mouth, making it difficult for someone wearing it to call for help if needed.”
  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    It will be an interesting tourism experiment if nothing else. Some operators (most, I assume) still offer the masks. Will those that do not offer them attract fewer customers? If the operator really believes them to be dangerous, maybe they don't think they have a choice. Still, it could be very bad for business unless the masks were banned by a regulating body.
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  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    I know the subject of this thread is the full-face snorkel-mask, but I've noticed that half-face masks with integral snorkels permitting nasal breathing without enclosing the mouth have recently become available:
    Here's a mouth-excluding mask design US Divers came up with in the late 1950s:
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  4. HDP

    HDP Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: The Netherlands
    I suspect they are not so good anymore!
  5. Results45

    Results45 Garibaldi

    A few brands have started included chin exhalation valves, revised snorkel shape, and equalization mechanisms (nose blockers & silicone nose cavities):

    $40 > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q6B9PKQ/ref=twister_B07Q5QYV4Z
    $50 > https://www.amazon.com/AQUAEGIS-Full-Face-Snorkel-Mask/dp/B07DDH1JJC
    $70 > https://www.amazon.com/WildHorn-Outfitters-Seaview-180%C2%B0-Snorkel/dp/B07F22VLWY/

    I'll probably get a handful of the first two for friends & family next time we go snorkeling :wink:

    P.S. has anyone used one of these on a dive while at the surface?
  6. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

    Wow! Looking at these I just want to shout “YOU’RE GONNA DIE”. I know it is unfair (possibly totally), but I just think they look like a $50 deathtrap.
  7. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Italy
    While the other masks are relatively similar to the existing ones, the equalization mechanisms seem to be something new for this type of full face masks. I wonder if they are safe or they might imply additional risks. And also, I am not sure they can really be useful at all... Equalization AFAIK is necessary only as long as you leave the surface where you are doing snorkeling and you dive. Full face masks are not usable for freediving since they create a sort of "air bubble" that makes it impossible to dive. This type is not usable for scuba too, since regulators or other equivalent devices do not seem to be compatible with it.

    They look very large and cumbersome, no need to bring them while scuba diving. You already have the scuba mask, you just need a snorkel or roll-up foldable snorkel. It's true anyway that for recreational diving in simple and controlled environments (with buddy, in a group, with dive masters etc.) you could almost carry your kitchen sink with you and that would probably not prevent you from completing the dive anyway

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