Seasoned snorkelers know that having the proper gear is the first step to a good snorkeling experience.
First and most importantly, find a mask that fits the face properly. A proper seal is crucial, because it keeps water out of the mask. To test whether or not a mask fits properly, hold it up to your face and take in a deep breath through your nose. If the mask maintains a seal and doesn’t have to be held in place, then it’s a proper fit.
In the same vein, having fins that fit is also very important. A fin that’s too loose will fall off in the water, but one that’s too tight will probably lead to sores on your feet. Skin in the foot area typically shrinks when wet, so it’s important to keep that in mind as well when picking out fins. Going without them isn’t an option, either. The swimming power they offer if the snorkeler needs to quickly get to safety is invaluable.