Focus keyphrase ‘kids snorkel’ Try to explain this is their first experience so don’t mess it up with bad gear….>>>> When kids snorkel it’s about them being comfortable and gaining confidence in the water. Often they may feel anxious about new equipment and things feeling different so the more comfortable they are, the better… for everyone. and how often do kids try something once, have a bad experience, then flat out refuse to try it again? Best avoid that by using quality gear. You want your kids to love the ocean as much as you do – so we recommend always going with top quality gear that won’t leak, fog, hurt their feet or If their mask fills with water or fogs up they are likely to stress and not enjoy the experience especially when the water is salty! We’ve added some other secret must-haves that we know will make the whole experience more enjoyable.
Best All-Rounder Kids Snorkel Set
Must be the designer in me but I just cannot love these Mares kids set more! (Adults sizes, please??) Mares are the Italian designers and manufacturers behind some of the best scuba and snorkel gear in the world, so you know they’ve nailed the design and function of their signature kids snorkel collection. I’ve read reviews from parents with kids of all ages (as young as 3) who all say this made their first-time snorkel experience successful.
Not only insanely cute, but they are also packed with kid-friendly features including a dry snorkel with soft mouthpiece, single-window wide view mask with easily adjustable and quick release straps, easy-kick fins to reduce fatigue that’s open heeled for size adjustment.
Best Kids Snorkel Set aged 3 to 8
OUR PICK: Cressi Junior Snorkeling Kit
These colourful Italian designed Cressi Junior Snorkeling Kit are specifically designed for tiny humans aged 3 to 8. They come in 2 sizes (S/M and M/L) that adjust and grow with your child. The snorkel has a soft mouthpiece and a splash guard to prevent water entering. The mask features quick-release buckles with an adjustable strap to accommodate a variety of head sizes. The soft fins are short easy kick style with soft adjustable straps to cater for growing feet. Also includes a mesh bag. Cressie are top designers and manufacturers of scuba and snokel gear
Best Kids Snorkel Set aged 6+
OUR PICK: U.S. Divers Kids Snorkel Set
The U.S. Divers kids Snorkel Set is an all-time classic, and hugely popular for very good reasons! The high clarity masks 3-way adjust Pro-Glide buckles makes size adjustments easy. The snorkels splash guard prevents surface water from entering the snorkel. The fins are size adjustable with an easy kick dual composite blade. Set includes a travel bag.
Complete your kit: kids snorkel kits must-haves
Unlike normal ocean or pool swimming where a rash guard is all thats needed for sun protection, snorkelling requires a full body suit as your child’s legs, back, and arms will be exposed to harsh UV rays for extended periods of times. The O’Neil Youth Reactor is the most popular wetsuit for kids on the market. It’s 2mm ultra-soft neoprene material provides sun protection, is non-restrictive, super comfortable, and keeps bodies warm in the water. They come in kids sizes 2-16 and parents love that the quality craftsmanship and construction found in their adult range has been replicated in the kid’s range. If you’re warm enough and just need sun and stinger protection you can go for a thinner stinger suit like this one by NoZone.
These 2mm neoprene socks protect little feet from hot or rough sand, are non-slip on the boat or poolside, and when snorkelling creates a cushion for feet to prevent rubbing, blisters, and discomfort when wearing new fins. YAY – no more tears!
FOR FLOATATION: Snorkeling vest for floatation and confidence in the water
Floatation vests aid buoyancy when snorkelling and provide floatation support for those who are still building their confidence in the water. Also great to prevent fatigue as a child can literally do nothing and just lay there looking at fish without having to actually move. This Dad sums it up well:
“My son is not the most confident swimmer but loves snorkelling – the inflatable allowed him to float and check out the fish for long periods of time instead of panicking, standing up and scaring the fish and irritating his sisters. Best of all it gave me peace of mind to sit back and watch him without thinking I have to run in and save him.”
Note: These are floatation vests and not safety jackets.
FOR CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION: Snorkeling anti-fog
A quick spray of Quick Spit will defog your mask. You can use your own spit which is more environmentally friendly (and convenient as you always have spit on you!) or baby shampoo, but when there are kids involved the overwhelming consensus according to thousands of happy parents is to use an anti-fog like this one.
TIP: Mask prep is an essential ingredient to any anti-fog – we’ve outlined the steps at the bottom of our mask guide here.
FOR POST SNORKEL TANGLED KIDS HAIR: The Tangle Teezer
Having to painfully detangle your kids hair after a fun snorkelling session makes you wonder if it was even worth it to start with! Mads has personally have used this Tangle Teezer post scuba on her long dry bleached knotty ocean hair for 3 years and it’s the ONLY brush that works – even on those knots that form around the mask straps (You know the ones!)
As this mum puts it:
“My daughter has the worst hair. It constantly knots and gets tangled. Even with sprays it can take us 30 min to brush her hair. This was a daily struggle and she would cry and scream. I found this and tried it. I was able to brush her hair in 5 minutes and she said it didn’t hurt. “
Why you should trust us
Simon is a marine conservation biologist and world-renowned underwater photographer who dives, snorkels and freedives for a living. He is a co-founder and Principal Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, where he leads the global whale shark research and conservation program. His marine research and photography are routinely covered by major media outlets, including the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and New York Times amongst many others. One of his photographs was chosen as a personal favourite of Sir David Attenborough’s, in conjunction with BBC’s Blue Planet II series, and another illustrates one of the global PADI scuba diving certification cards.
I (Madeleine) am an avid scuba diver, snorkeller and recreational freediver who’s dived some of the most spectacular locations around the world, including Misool and northern Raja Ampat, Lembongan, Lembeh Straight, Tulamben, Fiji, Vanuatu, and of course at home in Australia. I’m a minimalist and likes to travel light (which Simon encourages, as he can then use my baggage allowance!!), opting to mostly hire dive and snorkel gear wherever I go. I’ve been sampling the world’s equipment for over a decade. I have opinions.
How we made our selection
WE RESEARCHED KIDS SNORKEL SETS
- I spent 5 hours in full face snorkel mask research on Amazon and LeisurePro.
- I read hundreds of reviews covering all experience levels and snorkelling needs.
- I viewed dozens of YouTube reviews and product explainers.
- I spoke to snorkelling retailers in both Australia and Indonesia who specialise in snorkelling, freedive, and diving fins.
- Simon and I spend our lives in the water and know what is needed for various situations.
- We’ve chatted to dozens of other snorkelers about their fins and what’s important to them.
- We interviewed marine biologists and snorkelling tour guides to get their feedback on functionality and durability.