How Safe Are Full Face Snorkel Masks
Today, full face snorkel masks have ignited so many 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. Even though they have been promoted for how easy they are easy to use compared to the conventional snorkel tubes, there are many safety issues raised about them.
With its 180-degree field of view, a full face snorkel masks gives a snorkeler an opportunity to see clearly underwater. The air tube connected to the float valve is used to hinder water from getting into the mask. Within the mask, you will find a breathing tube that lets snorkelers to inhale when they are swimming with their face down outside the water.
Before the full face snorkel masks were manufactured, comprehensive research was conducted. The snorkeling masks are sold at a price ranging from $65 to $135. From their inception, there have been numerous counterfeits from unlicensed companies with no certified testing, and they are selling their masks from $35 to $75.
The primary safety concern is the potential for water rushing in. If the lid of the full face snorkel mask is damaged, water can enter and flood the mask in a split of a second. For a child, this can be a terrifying thing since they are unable to breathe or see properly. If this occurs, make sure you thrust your head out off the water and permit the water to go out from the lowest part of the mask. In case the snorkel mask is too tight for the child, he or she may not take it off in 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. A lot of carbon dioxide intake by the snorkeler can leave them short of breath due to the negative pulmonary edema.Negative pulmonary edema comes after the snorkeler over breaths inside the mask, and this causes the fluid to enter the alveoli within the lungs. That’s why all full-faced snorkels producers ought to follow all the breathing resistance rules known as the EN250.
Due to the fact that some states have registered so many snorkeling-related deaths, these full faced masks have been investigated. In fact, some researchers are now investigating the correlations of these deaths with the use of full face snorkel masks.