Warm days are coming and most of us are already dreaming up all the beautiful locations we could visit, many of them at the seaside. Snorkeling is one of the easiest ways to explore what beauty lies beneath, without having to worry about diving certifications, scuba tanks, time underwater, rate of ascent, etc.
Get to know your equipment before going into the water. Dealing with a crisis out in the ocean can become tiring, and tired snorkelers sink. If you are renting equipment, try to test out everything in a hotel pool first before heading down to the beach.
GoPro cameras have become popular among snorkelers, for their ability to capture high definition video under water and keep the memories alive for the months and years to come. An entire little industry of GoPro accessories has now developed around this activity, with various gadgets designed to help you get the best out of your under water recording experience.
Best GoPro Mounts and Accessories for Snorkeling
With in-built stabilization, the videos don’t suffer much from all the disturbance during rough conditions. Though both the cameras have a 12MP camera, the Hero6 has a better image quality overall and comes with improved low light performance.
It doesn't fog up. No matter what we did with our test unit, we still had clear visibility, and this is due to clever design with the ventilator. Float on the surface and the ventilator will supply you with air. To dive down, just hold your breath and the ventilator shuts off automatically. The moment you surface, just start to breath normally again - water is drained automatically from the pipe.
The mask will give you a 180 degree viewing angle and can be used with adjustable headbands for maximum adjust-ability.
The only drawback with these masks are the position of the camera. The fact that it is sitting high on the forehead means you will always have a problem keeping the camera submerged while snorkeling. This is a universal problem with full face masks. The test footage we got had the camera getting some blue sky more than underwater scenery.
Still, for pure snorkeling fun nothing could beat this mask. We eventually got the best results wrist-mounting the GoPro.
It comes with three LEDs with their own reflectors. The overall form and shape of the Dome port compliment the GoPro. It comes with top and bottom mounts, so you don’t need to purchase mounts or trays separately. Though it is easily chargeable with a USB port, it does not have very good battery power.
This Dome port is not suggestible for longer dives. However, the LEDs do a decent job of lighting well. It performs well in relatively close ranges. It is a must-have accessory for an snorkeler or underwater diver.
The only typical disadvantages were the visibility of water droplets, lens reflections, and battery power. During photography, apparently water droplets were captured on the top half of the dome in several images. Also, upon facing a strong light source, the visibility of your reflection of the lens against the dome is another issue.
This vest offers an overall increase and buoyancy control. The easy-to-use oral inflator, as well as the dump valve, add to the overall flotation control of the fest. The Neoprene used in the vest adds warmth without compromising the snorkeling capabilities.
The vest also comes with a small pocket for storing any personal items. It doesn’t come with USCD certification and hence should not be confused with a life preserver. It does help in keeping you afloat when you try to swim. Nevertheless, it cannot keep you afloat by itself.
People who are not very good at swimming but love snorkeling can be hugely benefited by this vest. The fit and the overall appeal of the vest is great. It is very beginner friendly. However, for people who don’t use it much, it can be a pricey option. If you are someone who does snorkeling once in a year or so, this vest can be an overkill.
Another downside of using this vest is the fact that it rides up on your chest. Nevertheless, many users have commented that it does not bother them much. With an ease of inflation and deflation, this vest is a perfect fit for people who are beginners and advance users as well.
The Evo Pole floats and comes with a strap that keeps your valuable camera close-by. In some cases, scuba divers down 40 feet or more have complained that the wrist strap came off, but it only seems to be at depths that snorkelers won't have breath for.
If you are looking to send a video back home to your family or friends and show them just how much fun you are having, Evo is the accessory that will help you do just that.
The floater will allow you to insert your GoPro letting it float on the surface and record the events underneath steadily. The floating hand grip allows you to keep your camera afloat while recording, while the anti-fog inserts may help prevent any blurriness caused to the video due to water caused fogging. The Thumbscrew opening tool will help you loosen or tighten your Thumb screws under water. Overall this set will really make your life easier when recording during snorkeling at an extremely affordable price and every snorkeler should probably own one of these bundles.
This wrist strap is a simple but convenient gadget that will make sure your camera doesn’t sink while you are snorkeling. In case you drop your camera from your hands, it will stay afloat and will be easy to spot with the bright yellow color of the floater on the surface.
The wrist strap is made of soft but durable materials that will ensure your camera’s safety and will carry most common cameras including GoPro Heroes. This wrist strap is extremely easy to use, and coming at a very affordable price, it should be a part of any snorkeling video aficionado’s assortment of goodies.
The red filter is designed for use in blue and tropical waters. The magenta filter is used to correct the color in green waters while the snorkel filter is used when filming just 2 to 12 feet deep. The red filter will give you the correction necessary under the 12 feet depth where red light naturally disappears. The magenta filter can be used for a similar purpose, to restore the natural colors of the underwater beauty that get distorted due to the missing nuances of red at those depths.
If you want to record clear and color rich videos underwater I would highly recommend investing a few bucks into this three part set of filters that will make the colors of the underwater paradise you are recording truly come to life.
These swim fins are primarily made for swimming training and snorkeling. The short blade of these fins gives you increased agility as they are highly reactive and lightweight. As these were primarily aimed at swimming training, these have a near perfect length of the blade. Because they’re made for beginners, they have designed these fins in a way that causes fewer muscle cramps and pain as possible.
Also, the foot pockets made from soft rubber ensures maximum comfort during long snorkeling sessions. These also come with an anatomical foot pocket as well. However, the sizing is a prominent issue. While ordering online, it is suggestible to order two sizes offline. Also, as they are built to train you, they are hard on your thighs and calves. Also, these come with an open toe design which in few cases, they do add a significant amount of drag; nevertheless, it makes them a good resistance fin though.
Though these bring a little amount of soreness and are a bit hard on your calves, they don’t cause any blisters and are extremely comfortable. Overall, they are a decent purchase for both swimming training and snorkeling purposes.
Finally, if you are going on a trip, you will need something to carry your GoPro in. While a normal case may be alright, the reality is you will probably want something a little more durable and resistant to weather conditions, especially if you are going on a trip to anywhere that is a little deserted.
The GoPole Venturecase is completely weather proof as it will allow neither water or dust to creep into the compartments under any circumstances. The case will hold up to two GoPro cameras, along with a host of accessories, cables and cards within the pockets zipped up by waterproof zippers.
Spending time underwater is a great way to relax and leave your worries to the world up there. The best ways to recreate that feeling of relaxation is to bring home these underwater memories to the comfort of your couch watching it on television.