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I will be leaving for points south this fall. I know I will have a lot of time on my hands so I thought I give snorkeling a go, maybe even scuba diving. As I swim like a rock getting under the water shouldn't be a problem.

I know nothing about this. What are the top brands of snorkeling equipment ? Best mast, flippers ?
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I suggest trying several different brands before buying. Proper fit in a mask in critical to comfort and dry eyes. Some brands (regardless of their reputation for quality) may not fit your facial structure. Fins are also "must try" item before purchasing. There's a huge difference in materials and design that really effect how much kicking power and motion you need.

Your local dive shop would be a great place to start.
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I use Sherwood but Scuba pro US Divers etc are all good! as an Advanced Diver for over twenty years, i recommend big 5, sports authority, etc. just get a basic set. I once paid $115 for a Name brand snorkel, lost it during a dive and replaced it with a $5 snorkel. my spare mask is a $15 jobber that works equally as well as long as it's Silicone. Name brand dive gear is way over priced as you can get a complete set at one of the retail stores for 85% less and still enjoy the water.
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You really should drop Giulietta a line as he is an expert scuba diver. Here is a picture of him after he let one go in his wet suit!
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Keep away from the department stores. Stick with the dive shops they will only deal in quality equipment.

(you may have noticed I made no comment on the visual art, dont encourage them)
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So this is NOT an item or items to buy online. I guess fit is very important.
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Freesail,

I've bought some very expensive gear in the past few years - since in technical wreck diving, the best life support gear is critical to survival. If all you're doing is snorkeling, visit your local dive shop and explain to the owner just what your plans are - near and distant future . . . he will set you straight with either basic gear for current goals, or better quality gear you can expand upon. I do agree with the concensus that Walmart quality levels should be avoided at all costs.

Just keep an open mind when he sells you on taking scuba lessons through his shop, because thats when he gets his big hooks in your wallet - knowing scuba gear equates to higher equipment sales profits.
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