7 Tools for Snorkeling Like a Boss

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Why the hell would I scuba? It's dark down there. And cold. And I'm allergic to the Bends. I'd rather float along the surface with these seven luxurious snorkeling tools thankyouverymuch.

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Azimut 45 Flybridge

Sure I could run a small skiff out to the dive site like schmuck or I could bring the party with me aboard a 45-foot Azimut yacht. It has a top speed of 32 knots thanks to its dual 480hp Cummins engines. With the "easy steering" option enabled, the Flybridge will automatically adjust the rotation speed of its twin props which allows for more nimble course corrections and docking is simplified by incorporating a joystick control and automatically adjusting the engine power to accommodate for wind and sea conditions. It sleeps 12 guests. $Expensive

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XS Scuba Fusion Mask

I go snorkeling to see the pretty fish, not the inside of my mask. The Fusion does away with the traditional frame shape entirely, instead employing a beveled and bonded durable polycarbonate outer edge, that provides a huge panoramic viewing area. Also useful for keeping the baby oil out of your eyes when motor-boating. $65

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Oceanic Ultra-Dry Snorkel
Mmmmm, saltwater, nom. Yeah, no thanks. The Oceanic Ultra-Dry Snorkel is the only one on the market that is a truly 100 percent dry snorkel—one that doesn't require clearing the tube of seawater before breathing. It uses a patented self-regulating valve which detects the difference between the weight of water and air, automatically closing as soon as I dip beneath the waves. $60

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Oceanic Vortex V-16 Full Foot Dive Fins
My feet were built for walking so when I swim with the fishes, I'm going to swim like the fishes. The Vortex V-16 mix high-performance materials with an innovative center-split fin design that makes them up to 30% faster and more efficient than regular fins. $200

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Farallon MK-2

It's a personal underwater vehicle that will tow my lazy sight-seeing ass around at 200 feet/minute and as deep as 400 feet. I'm going to paint mine like Bullet Bill.

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Necker Nymph

If I want to stay under for longer than I can hold my breath, I might as well hire a submarine to tool around in, right? The Necker Nymph, which resides on Sir Richard Branson's luxury catamaran, the Necker Belle, is an open-cabin three-seater sub. It dives down to a depth of 30 meters, has a top underwater speed of 6 knots, and can remain submerged for up to two hours. $2,500/day

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Aquatica AD7000 Underwater Housing for Nikon D7000
Since the Nikon D7000 as a safe diving operation rating of approximately zero feet, it'll need to be water-proofed before I go all Jacques Cousteau up in this bitch. The AD7000 Underwater Housing is designed specifically to protect the camera from sea water while still allowing full use of the camera's features through a series of external knobs and buttons. It's machined from a solid block of aluminum and anodized to military specs, secure to 300 feet. If water does somehow get in, the moisture alarm will flash both audibly and visually to alert me. It's even got a hydrophone if I want to capture some video of whale song. $2,690

I'm on a Boat

This should be looping, non-stop, for the duration of the excursion.

Top art courtesy of Diane N. Ennis / Shutterstock

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FACEMAN. The man with a face.

i'm noticing that 90% of this stuff is...no...

1. yacht - uh...huh...and I'd spend that much money specifically for snorkeling why now?

2. Old school high-volume mask - this is ok. for snorkeling. its way more volume that I would want, especially if it were used for diving too, but bottom line, for the money you could get something nicer (and there is no One Mask for the masses. everyone's face is different, but thats not the point)

3. Dry snorkel - better options for less money. If youre willing to not be a pussy there are many "wet" snorkels on the market for ~$15-20; most still even have a purge at the bottom to make clearing easier

4. Split fins - first off, those "full foot" fins you have shown are not full foot...but i digress...split fins are actually less effective than paddle fins at the surface, mostly due to the fact that you can not position yourself correctly to actually get any power out of them. Good for diving, bad for snorkeling. save your money, get yourself a nice set of aqualung paddle fins for about $100 and they'll last you a good long time.

5. DPV - not super handy unless you need to cover lots of distance. generally speaking if youre snorkeling youre doing it to see fish and shit. these tend to inhibit that (partly cause they run from the noise partly cause you go sailing right by them). they have their uses though and they are fun to ride!

6. sub for hire - yeah, good luck snorkeling with that...

7. While I wholeheartedly promote underwater photography, both for its challenges and the potential for some really awesome shots, snorkeling does not lend itself to professional quality underwater photos (angle is all wrong for one). Better leave the DSLR at home for this one and better to grab an olympus stylus. waterproof to 30 feet without a housing, shock proof and freeze proof. bout $150ish i think...also you didnt mention that ports and focus gears for that camera are no included, and since red light doesnt penetrate more than a foot or two you will need strobes, arms and sync cables since you cant use an SLR's built in flash (if it has one). realistic price ~$5-6000 +camera and lens

8. just...no...