Our best value pick s one of the best kids snorkel sets due to the size and quality of the set. The Promate Spectrum Junior Snorkeling Combo Set includes a mask, snorkel, fins, mesh bag, and optional inflatable snorkel vest. The set comes in either S-M or L to XL. The soft rubber of the fin strap is great for bare feet use as well as with booties. The mask features a tempered glass lens, soft skirt, and easy-adjustment buckle in the classic pinch and pull style, which can be navigated with one hand. The snorkel is advertised as a 100% submersible dry snorkel, which means kids will get a dry breath without any water to purge. However, some users have reported leaking. The kids’ snorkel gear comes in blue, pink, and yellow options.
- The inflatable snorkel vest adds peace of mind for younger swimmers
- The soft straps of the fins are great for going barefoot or with booties
- High quality materials mean the gear will hold up and last longer
- The five-piece kids snorkel set is a great value for money
The Uphitnis Kids Seaview Snorkel Set comes with a mask, snorkel, earplugs and mesh gear pouch. The tempered glass of the mask can withstand scratching and water pressure, great for any freedivers. Users are pleased to report that this kids snorkel set also comes with earplugs so younger swimmers can avoid water getting into the ear, which may cause discomfort or swimmer’s ear. The average age range for use is 6 to 12 years old. This youth snorkel set comes with a guarantee to replace any defective gear, either through manufacturing or personal use.
- Excellent quality for price.
- Comes with earplugs to avoid water getting in the ear, preventing discomfort.
- Users report that the mask does not fog.
- The set has a replacement guarantee
The Cressi Marea Junior Dry Snorkel Combo has a mask, snorkel and slim gear bag. The Marea kids snorkel set is designed for younger snorkelers’ face-shape, in mind. The mask features two windows of tempered glass for durability. The snorkel has a splash guard with a dry top to help prevent water from entering the snorkel, although some users report leaking. The recommended age range is 5 years old and up for this snorkeling gear for kids. The set comes in two color types: clear gear with blue, pink or yellow accents or full pink, yellow or blue gear.
- Cressi is a brand known for durable water gear
- The mask is designed for smaller face shapes
- Users happily report that the mask does not leak
The minimalistic Wacool Snorkeling Package Set contains a mask, snorkel, and slim gear bag. The kids’ snorkel mask features an easy pinch and pull buckle design with a high-grade silicone skirt for comfort and fit, to smaller swimmers’ face shapes. The mask has tempered glass with high durability and anti-fog coating to provide a clear view during the entire snorkel. The one-piece glass design of the mask allows for a wider range of visibility. Plus, the snorkel has an anti-splash system to help prevent water from getting into the snorkel, although some users do report leaking. The snorkel package comes in either yellow or sky blue. This set is for kids roughly 6 to 12 years old.
- The mouthpiece is smaller to fit younger swimmers
- Users note the set is highly durable
- Users report that the mask does not leak or fog up
The Head Pirate Junior Premium Youth Set contains a mask, snorkel, fins, and gear bag. The mask has tempered glass for durability, soft silicone skirt for comfort and easy fit and split strap for a no-slip grip on the back of the head. The dry snorkel has a pivoting valve seal to keep water out as well as a lower purge valve to drain any water which comes in, proving a clean exhale. Also, the snorkel has a built-in safety whistle on the bottom. The fins have pull-tab and quick release straps for easy adjustments. The vented fin blades provide excellent propulsion per kick. The recommended age range for this snorkel gear for kids is 4 to 9 years old.
- The vented fin blades provide great propulsion
- Snorkel has seals to both prevent water and also purge easily
- Built-in safety whistle on the bottom of the snorkel
The Mares Sea Pals Character Kids Mask Fin Snorkel Set contains a mask, snorkel, fins, and Sea Pals character gear bag. The mask features tempered glass capable of withstanding the impact of kids who may handle gear a bit roughly. The snorkel has a splash guard but will need to be purged. The fin straps have an easy release for removal or adjustments. The gear bag comes in a variety of colors and sea animals: aqua whale shark set with aqua gear, lime turtle set with lime gear, purple octopus set with purple gear, black orca set with white gear, green frog set with yellow gear or a plain bag with blue or pink gear. There’s an eye-catching bag and gear combination for every ocean-loving kid — not to mention it makes them highly visible when walking to and from the beach or pool. The recommended age range is around 4 to 12 years old, with this set being able to be considered a toddler snorkel set.
- Glass in the mask can withstand impact, great for rougher kids
- The fun shape and color of gear bag really stands out
- Users note that the mask and snorkel fit smaller faces without any problem
- This four-piece kid snorkel gear set is great value for money
The U.S. Divers Youth Flare Junior Silicone Snorkel Set has a mask, snorkel, fins and gear bag. One of the top features of this set is the three-way adjust pro-glide buckles made by U.S. Divers which allows for easy adjustments both on-land and during a swim. However, please note that some users do have trouble using this feature. The snorkel also has pivot-dry technology to avoid splashback, although some users do note leaks. Additionally, the snorkel’s shape is ergonomically designed for younger swimmers. This snorkel set is made of the same high-quality materials as U.S. Divers scuba gear lines, meaning it has a focus on performance and durability. This U.S. Divers youth snorkel set comes in lime/blue, magenta/blue and black/yellow.
- The mask and snorkel’s ergonomic shape is fitted for younger swimmers
- US Divers produce classic scuba equipment meaning this set is very durable
- The three-way adjust pro-glide buckles make adjustments easy
TYPES OF SNORKELS
Snorkel shapes and valves provide different functions. There are four main snorkel types which snorkelers commonly use:
This basic snorkel is a plain J shape, without any fancy accessories. However, there is no protection against splashback, so there are no J-style snorkels on this list.
This snorkel features a flexible tube with a one-way purge valve at the bottom of the snorkel, which allows for getting rid of water easily. However, this has no splashback protection, so there are no flexible snorkels on this list.
A popular snorkel type, this combines flexibility with dry snorkel abilities. The top has a splash guard to help keep water out but does not close if a snorkeler goes underwater. The bottom has a one-way purge valve for ease of water expulsion.
A very popular snorkel, the dry type has a valve at the top of the snorkel to prevent water from getting in — even when completely underwater — as well as a one-way purge valve at the bottom to easily flush water out. This dual-valve design is aimed at reducing the number of times a snorkeler needs to clear their snorkel due to waves or submersion. All of the snorkel sets on this list have dry snorkels as they are often seen as the best kids snorkel type.
Often, the reason a snorkel mask for kids is leaking is due to poor fit, not malfunction. To test if a mask fits the face correctly, hold it up to the face with the strap flipped over the front. Hold the mask to the nose and breathe in. Remove the hand holding the mask. If it fits correctly, then it should stick to the face as long as the person inhales. That is a good fit. The best scuba masks also fit like this. For children, especially, make sure that the kids diving mask is neither too loose or too tight, both of which could cause problems. If the mask continues to leak, check for stray hairs which may be between the skin and skirt. Some masks which have been designed specifically for smaller faces include the U.S. Divers Youth Flare and the Mares Sea Pals sets.
A common annoyance for most snorkelers, children included, is that the mask fogs up. To prevent this, buy a mask which has anti-fog on the glass and excellent field-tested user recommendations such as the Uphitnis Kids Seaview, Wacool Snorkeling Package and Prodive Premium. Before getting in the water, snorkelers can also use baby shampoo on the inside of their mask’s glass or spit.
Within these children’s snorkel sets, there are two safety features which stand out:
INFLATABLE SNORKEL VESTS
The Promate Spectrum set can include an inflatable snorkel vest. It is highlighter yellow in color for visibility. The front inflation means that if a snorkeler is struggling to swim, they will float, face up. An inflatable snorkel vest can help very young or inexperienced swimmers gain that little bit of extra confidence in the water while providing peace of mind for a parent or loved one.
SAFETY WHISTLE FOR SNORKELING
The Head Pirate set includes a very clever freebie feature — a safety whistle. It is built into the bottom of the snorkel. This is great for alerting others in case of an emergency.
MASK STRAP TANGLE
The straps which accompany a mask are usually split, allowing for the mask to sit firmly on the back of the head without slipping. However, it also means hair can get tangled around the straps, which can be painful. To avoid this, consider buying a neoprene mask strap cover which protects hair from tangling up in the strap mid-dive.
GEAR COLOR OPTIONS
There are actually completely different recommendations for buying children’s snorkel gear, depending on how the kid is using it.
For those who are staying right at the surface, bright colors which sharply contrast blue are ideal for visibility, such as red, orange, and yellow. Especially for very young snorkelers whose parents may be watching them, having a bright color which is easy to spot is key. Also, some people say small fish are attracted to yellow. This is great for kids who love seeing fish but perhaps a color to avoid for those who don’t like being approached by fish.
FREEDIVERS OR SCUBA DIVERS
Due to how the wavelengths of light disperse underwater, the colors which are most visible are blue (visible beyond 250 ft), green (visible at 150 ft) and yellow (visible at 115 ft). Meanwhile, orange (visible to 66 ft) and red (visible to 33 ft) die out in shallower waters. This means that if the young snorkeler is also planning to use their junior snorkel set for freediving or scuba diving, then yellow, green or blue gear will still be the most visible while diving. The color can be on the kid’s scuba mask, snorkel, or fins. This can be very helpful for dive buddies. Also, some divers say that yellow attracts small fish, which is always nice to see on a dive.
OPEN HEEL VS CLOSED HEEL
When buying any snorkel sets which contain kids snorkel fins, it is important to know the difference in open heel and closed heel fins. Closed heel fins are often used in scuba shops due to their relative sturdiness and ease of putting on and off due to lack of straps. However, they are not adjustable, which is why no closed heel options are on this list. Open heel fins have an adjustable strap which allows a swimmer to customize for their foot size, making them some of the best snorkeling fins. In this list, the Promate Spectrum, U.S. Divers Youth Flare, Head Pirate and Mares Sea Pals sets all have open heel fins to best suit sizing needs.
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