Children's Snorkel Mask
|Valve in Nose of Mask|
I've not seen one brand of mask perform much better than another for children. But, also, children tend to be tougher on their snorkel equipment. So, masks are bound to get scratched, dropped, and casually tossed in the sand. We are always careful to wash ours out at the beach and to wash them up at home, but we buy them with the intent to use them... wear will happen.
|Prescription Mask for Far-Sightedness|
A change for us, that has impacted our snorkeling, has been my son getting glasses in kindergarten. By this point he was a good snorkeler and had a great fitting mask. But, suddenly he wasn't seeing everything that we were seeing in the water. Unfortunately, his eyes are bad enough, that it is very important for him to wear his glasses. Thanks to a fabulous idea from a friend, for our last vacation, we purchased a prescription snorkeling mask online. It worked amazingly well and made seeing all the underwater life so much better for my son. (We purchased the adult size mask, and it fit our 8-year-old.) http://www.snorkel-mart.com/detail.cfm?ProductID=121&AllocatedProductID=120#.UUkvPlfm8Z0
We have tried many things to keep our masks fog-free, but have found a fantastic solution (thanks to some experienced divers in Hawaii)! We mix 1/3 baby shampoo and 2/3 water in a small spray bottle, and use this solution to lightly spritz the inside of the mask. Rub the solution over the lens surface and quickly rinse in the ocean or lake water. This works super well and is safe for eyes!! We keep the spray bottle in a small zip-top bag that travels with our snorkel gear.