Going Snorkeling with a Beard or Mustache
For those out there that have had the privilege of being able to grow a manly beard and moustache combo, such as the guy in the picture below, you may find it to be a source of pride, security, and a display of pure prowess as a man.
If you’ve taken the time to grow one of these bad boys out, then you’ve probably thought to yourself, “What could the disadvantages be of me wearing a beard?” While there are, admittedly, few that we can think of, one difficulty you could run into may stem from your inability to go snorkeling.
Why Would I Have Any Difficulties With Snorkeling?
If you’ve taken a look at our articles covering the Best Snorkel Masks of 2017, then you’ll notice a common theme in our selections – all of the masks are full frontal masks, sort of like the Tribord Easybreath full face snorkel mask here:
If you’ve done the math so far, then you’ve probably realized that the guy we have pictured above probably wouldn’t be able to completely put this snorkel mask on his face with that beard. This could essentially render the entire mask ineffective for use, because if it cannot fit over your whole face, then water would easily seep into the mask, which would make breathing, seeing, and snorkeling impossible, and essentially defeat the purpose of the activity altogether.
What Would the Alternative in This Situation Be?
Well, the very obvious and immediate solution would be to shave your beard. However, for those that take pride in their beard, and have spent a tremendous amount of time and attention caring for and curating their masterpiece, this may not be an option.
Another solution could be to forego the activity of snorkeling altogether. However, for those who are avid snorkeling fans, and wish to indulge in this wondrous experience, this isn’t, and shouldn’t be, considered a possible solution either.
A viable option that does not include abandoning the hobby, or shaving off your masterpiece, is the use of sealant for your beard or mustache. This gel effectively flattens it out, and also allows the mask to become more adhesive to your face, so that there is less chance that water seeps in while you’re out snorkeling. One product that has been recommended for this purpose is called ‘Mask Seal’.
What is the Final Option?
In the event that you do not wish to cut off your beard, or abandon the hobby of snorkelling, or apply the mask sealer to your man-sterpiece, you are still not out of luck. Fortunately, there are snorkel mask manufacturers that have anticipated this issue already, and have designed some masks that are perfect to address the problem.
We’ll cover one of those masks below.
Product Recommendation for bearded snorkelers:
Homitt Panoramic Snorkel Mask
You can tell by the design of this bad boy, it’s perfect for someone with a big man beard. As you can see at the bottom of this mask, there appears to be an extra section at the bottom that extends beyond one’s chin to fully cover that area. With the possible use of sealant in addition to this mask, there is no doubt that this mask will cover your beard without posing any unnecessary inconveniences.
In addition, the mask also contains a large host of features that will enhance your snorkeling experience, so you won’t have to compromise quality at all to solve the problem.
180 Degree Visibility
The mask comes with 180-degrees of visibility, which is crucial for being able to see what’s going on while you’re out there snorkeling. This is a feature that you simply won’t find on every snorkel mask, and definitely one of those ones that greatly enhances the overall prowess of the mask itself. It also comes with anti-fog technology to ensure that your view doesn’t become obstructed while you’re out there snorkeling, another key feature, as this is not only a great annoyance, but a safety hazard as well.
The mask screen is made of material that will ensure that you don’t have to worry about shattering or unclear views under the water. This is because the screen is made of polycarbonate material. This type of material is the latest and greatest in snorkel mask technology, and something that you should expect to find on the very best snorkel masks that have ever been created and released for commercial consumption.
And if all this isn’t enough, this mask also has a mouthpiece free design, which means that you don’t have to worry about fooling with a mouthpiece in a way that will compromise your beard. This may be one of the biggest benefits for those with a lot of facial hair, because it has been reported by multiple individuals online that one of their biggest problems in wearing a snorkel mask when they have a lot of facial hair, is that they are unable to use the mouthpiece in conjunction with the growth of their moustache, and they are obviously unwilling to cut it. By allowing wearers to breathe without the use of a mouthpiece, the Homitt Panoramic mask has eliminated this issue completed.
The comfortable straps on the back of the mask also make it very easy for you to adjust the mask, so that it fits you perfectly without worry. This is another crucial feature for those with beards, because you will need to take a little bit of time adjusting the straps after you first purchase this item, in order to get the ‘perfect’ fit.
Did we mention that the mask is GoPro compatible as well? For those who don’t know what a ‘GoPro’ is, it’s a mini-camera that can be attached to objects or even animals while recording the video of what is taking place, in order to gain a first-person view of the activity that the wearer is doing. It’s pretty much a really convenient, hands-free way of recording what’s going on. This is a huge bonus, because many individuals these days love to record their experiences while participating in various activities.
In conclusion, if you are an avid snorkelling fan, and find yourself with a rather large amount of facial hair, and are worried about your ability to snorkel, then you can rest peacefully tonight knowing that you don’t need to compromise your beard or your love of snorkeling.