CO2 can build up in full-face snorkel mask, especially in cheap Chinese face masks that you can purchase on eBay for twenty dollars. Its often very tempting to go for the cheaper price, be warned they often carry greater risk.
- How Carbon dioxide buildup occurs:
When we naturally breathe we are inhaling and exhaling, this is where carbon dioxide occurs. If we are partaking in high-intensity cardio we need more oxygen in our body, this is why shorter, faster breathing takes over.
If we are using a lot of energy when snorkelling we can engage in this fast breathing, hence a build-up of CO2 in our full face snorkel. Basically, when this happens you are restricting your oxygen supply and this can lead to light-headedness and dizziness. This is extremely dangers, especially in the ocean.
- How to stop Carbon Dioxide buildup:
Please note that full face snorkel masks are purely for recreational uses. Meaning if you are freediving, open water swimming or other high-intensity activities then its best to not wear a full face snorkel
It’s important to remember that snorkel masks are designed for recreational use. Floating on the surface of the water, looking at the pretty fishies. They’re not designed for tiring open water swimming, freediving or other activities that’ll get your heart pumping. It's best to use a full face snorkel when you are floating across the water slowly, enjoying the underwater world.
3. Face Snorkels From Overseas
Unfortunately, we have heard so many stories of people purchasing full-face snorkels overseas or from what they thought were an Australian company, only to find the product takes months to arrive and is from China! Don't be left disappointed ordering a snorkel mask and it not coming for the summer. Reef Mask ships directly from Australia, how do you know? We provide Australia post shipping on all our orders with shipping time of 7 - 14 days.
A lot of overseas companies don't truly care about their customers and the quality of the full face snorkel is often not up to scratch to take out on the water safely. A good way to tell the quality is by the price of the face mask. Often priced around $20 - $40 dollars for an adult snorkel mask, these masks are something to avoid.
4. Full Face Mask Leakage