Complete your equipment, for more safety and comfort in and out of the water!

You can of course snorkel with minimal equipment, i.e. a mask, a snorkel, and fins. If you practice snorkeling on a regular basis, it might be useful to complete your traditional snorkel gear with practical, comfort, or safety accessories. Enough to make your sessions more enjoyable and safer!

What accessories to complete my snorkeling equipment?

Some equipment is recommended for all snorkelers. Sunscreen for example (useful to protect the few areas of your skin exposed to the sun, even if you are wearing a rashguard) or a good anti-fog for your mask are often essential.

The opportunity to buy other accessories then depends on your practice. If you like to explore isolated spots, which can be reached during hikes, a suitable backpack will allow you to comfortably carry your equipment. If you are snorkeling outside swimming areas, wearing a diving flag is often mandatory (and anyway recommended for your safety in the water).

A comfortable backpack, suitable for carrying snorkeling equipment (especially swim fins, which can be bulky), is essential if you want to take your equipment on a hike. Here, Jonathann is equipped with a Beuchat snorkeling bag, at Cala Ti Ximo, in Spain.

Ethical Zinc sunscreen

Sunscreen

Ingredients contained in conventional sunscreens are extremely harmful to the marine environment, and in particular to corals. In addition to your rashguard, apply a cream without chemicals or nanoparticles, more environmentally friendly.

Choose high levels of UV protection (preferably UPF 50+), as the effect of the sun’s rays, is further enhanced on the water.

Seac biogel antifog for snorkeling

Anti-fog

Fogging in the mask is a recurring and very annoying problem in snorkeling. It occurs by condensation due to the temperature difference between the air inside the mask, hot and humid, and the water, colder, in contact with the glass.

If some tips exist (such as the use of saliva, toothpaste, shampoo, or else, which are not very eco-friendly), prefer the ecological anti-fog products.

Cressi Dry GARA backpack

Bags

For beach snorkeling, a simple mesh bag is recommended to store your equipment. On the other hand, if you like hiking (which allows you to reach remote spots located in wild locations), we recommend a real backpack, with comfortable shoulder straps.

Many snorkelers also equip themselves with a waterproof bag, which will keep your belongings dry during boat trips.

Inflatable Float and Flag Bouy

Diving flag

Think about your safety! In many countries, if you plan to snorkel outside swimming areas or in boat traffic areas, it is recommended (and often compulsory) to signal yourself using a floating buoy equipped with a diving flag, red with a white diagonal. This will definitely help you avoid any unfortunate accident.

Snorkeling Report’s choice

Here is a small selection of comfort and safety items recommended by Snorkeling Report’s team. We use most of them when we snorkel!

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