How Safe Are Full Face Snorkel Masks

These days, full-faced snorkel masks have raised lots of safety questions. But how safe are they? Since they were launched in 2015, they have turned out to be the most famous snorkel masks for first-time snorkelers. Although they have been endorsed for their usability over the traditional costumes, they have ignited some questions regarding their safety.

Due to its large observing window of 180 degrees, a snorkel is able to see the underwater properly. The air tube connected to the float valve is used to hinder water from getting into the mask. Inside the mask, you will find a breathing tube that allows snorkelers to breathe as they swim facing down on the surface of the water.

Before the full face snorkel masks were manufactured, comprehensive research was conducted. The costs of these masks range from $65 to $135. Since their launch, there has been several knock-offs from unregistered manufacturers who have not done any research on them, and they are retailing their masks from $35 to $75.

The first safety question that is aired by most people is if the masks permit water to come in. Once the cover of the masks is cracked, water can rush in making it flood within a few seconds. For a kid, this can be a frightening thing because they cannot breathe or see clearly. In case this happens, you can stick out your head of the water let the water to get out from the chin. And if the snorkel straps were tightly tied, the kid might not remove it on time. In this regard, it is wise to teach your kid how to wear the full face snorkel masks before allowing them to snorkel.

Among the safety concerns raised about these masks, carbon dioxide accumulation is one of them. Although there is a dead space where all exhaled air accumulated and must be emptied by the snorkeler before getting into the fresh air above, there is fear that full-faced snorkel masks with bigger dead space facilitate carbon dioxide rebreathing. If a snorkeler continues to breathe the carbon dioxide, they might lose consciousness because of the detrimental pulmonary edema.These negative pulmonary edema is as a result of over breathing inside the mask which can lead the water to gain entrance in the alveolar within the lungs. That’s why all full-faced snorkels producers ought to follow all the breathing resistance rules known as the EN250.

Because some regions have reported a high number of snorkeling-related deaths, these full-faced snorkeling masks are being examined. In fact, some researchers are now investigating the correlations of these deaths with the use of full face snorkel masks.

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