What Gear Do I Need to Go Snorkeling?

When snorkeling, the gear you need is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. A typical snorkeling gear set consists of a mask and snorkel, fins, a wetsuit or rash guard, and some additional items.

Mask and Snorkel

The mask and snorkel are the most essential items when it comes to snorkeling. The mask should fit comfortably on your face and be made from a material that won’t fog up easily.

The snorkel should be comfortable in your mouth and have a valve at the top to prevent water from entering the tube.


Fins are important to help you move through the water with ease and with minimal effort. Fins come in different sizes and styles so it is important to find ones that fit your feet comfortably.

Wetsuit or Rash Guard

A wetsuit or rash guard keeps you warm in cold water, which is essential for comfort when snorkeling in colder climates. If you plan on swimming for extended periods of time, a wetsuit is recommended because it provides insulation against cold temperatures.

Additional Items

Additional items that may come in handy when snorkeling include a buoyancy compensator (BC), weights, gloves, an underwater camera, booties, sun protection lotion or clothing, anti-fog solution for your mask, signal whistle or mirror, first-aid kit, dive flag (if required by law), waterproof watch or dive computer.


When going snorkeling it is important to have the right gear to ensure an enjoyable experience. The basic gear needed includes a mask and snorkel, fins, a wetsuit or rash guard as well as additional items such as weights and an underwater camera.

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Emma Gibson