Snorkeling 101

With your new snorkeling gear, you're about to enter a world of wonder, natural beauty and fun! Snorkeling's easy - something friends, couples or the whole family can enjoy together! This video will show you how to get the most out of your snorkeling adventures.


Pivot-Fit Technology

Pivot-Fit Technology is the result of many years of snorkeling and diving experience. The Pivot-Fit mask design provides the ultimate in function and comfort to ensure that your snorkeling adventures are as fun and comfortable as possible.

Our Pivot-Fit buckle designs provides maximum adjustability and superior comfort. The pivoting buckles allow the mask to sit comfortably on the face while providing the user with the ability to fine tune the strap tension and positioning.

The Pivot-Fit buckle designs include an incredibly easy-to-use "Pinch and Pull" buckle, as well as an very intuitive, 3-way Pivot-Fit buckle – both models designed to enhance your comfort and enjoyment of water exploration.

To tighten the mask strap just pull end of the strap making sure to adjust each side evenly so that the center the back of the strap is centered on the back of your head. To loosen the strap just pinch the two buttons on the buckle and pull the strap away from the mask. The Pivot-Fit 3-way buckle can be loosened by pinching the 2 buttons on the buckle or by pulling up on the buckle tab.

The pivoting buckle feature allows you to fine tune the strap positioning for maximum comfort.


Mask Purge Technology

A properly fitted snorkeling mask should not leak. Snorkeling is fun but a big smile can cause a small leak. Sometimes hair stuck in the mask skirt can cause a leak too.

A purge valve allows you to eliminate water through the one-way purge valve without removing or tipping your mask. If your mask has a built-in purge just exhale normally through your nose. The water will drain out of the purge valve.

The purge needs to be at the lowest point in order to work properly.


Easy-Equalize Design

After you have watched the Snorkel 101 video to learn how to equalize the pressure in your ears, you will be able to descend in the water safely. You will also now be ready to try our Easy Equalize masks.

Some U.S. Divers masks include our easy equalize feature.

The super pliable textured stretch zones on each side of the nose pocket allow you to pinch your nose to equalize without pulling the mask skirt away from your face. This feature maintains the integrity of the mask seal and greatly reduces leaking.

Leak free equalizing has never been easier!


Panoramic Lens

Revolutionary in design, some U.S. Divers masks feature patented panoramic lens technology that provides maximum peripheral vision and overall visibility.

The front and side glass lenses are bonded together, eliminating the lens frame and providing an expanded and uninterrupted field of vision.

Now you can expand your snorkeling experience with panoramic vision!


Comfo Frame Design

The Comfo Frame is an advanced frame design that provides extra space in key areas of the inner mask frame. This improves the fit and comfort of your mask by reducing the pressure points caused when the frame rests or presses against your forehead or nose bridge.

Masks that include the Comfo Frame design are recommended for those individuals with larger, more prominent facial features.


Hydroadhesion Technology

Based on hydro-adhesion principals all U.S. Divers splash guards will keep water out of your snorkel while you're on the surface of the water.

Water that enters the top of the snorkel while you're on the surface of the water will "cling" to the inner surface of the splash guard and drain out and will not enter the breathing tube.

Snorkels equipped with hydro-adhesion splash guards also have an open barrel design to provide excellent airflow. All models include a built in purge at the bottom of the snorkel too.

While snorkeling on the surface of the water just breathe normally.

When you want to dive under the water take a deep breath and then submerge. The snorkel will flood with water once submerged.

When you resurface just blow the water out by exhaling sharply.


Pivot-Dry Technology

Pivot-Dry Technology is the result of many years of snorkeling and diving experience. The Pivot-Dry snorkel design provides the ultimate in function and comfort to ensure that your snorkeling adventures are as fun and comfortable as possible.

The patented design of our Pivot Dry snorkels feature a pivoting top that not only provides an excellent splash guard while on the surface, but it will also close and seal out water when you go under. Whether on the surface or under the water no water enters the snorkel, maintaining a dry and open breathing passage. Unlike most “dry snorkels” the unique design of the Pivot-Dry top also provides a large open tube for easy breathing while on the surface, yet it keeps all water out!

While snorkeling on the surface of the water just breath normally. When you want to dive under the water take a deep breath and then submerge. The snorkel will automatically close and seal out the water from the tube. When you resurface just exhale normally and begin breathing again. It’s so easy it’s almost like magic!


Dry Top Snorkel Technology

U.S. Divers offers a variety of patented "Dry" snorkel top designs that all close to seal out water when you go under water.

While snorkeling on the surface of the water just breathe normally.

When you want to dive under the water take a deep breath and then submerge. The snorkel will automatically close and seal out the water from the tube.

When you resurface just exhale and breathe normally.

As long as you keep a good seal with your mouth on the mouthpiece your snorkel will not take in any water.


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Quick-Release Buckle Technology

Some models of U.S. Divers fins are equipped with quick release buckles.

The quick release feature allows you to remove your fins quickly and easily when exiting the water.


Pivot-Flex Technology

The patented U.S. Divers Pivot Flex fins are uniquely designed to maximize thrust with minimum effort.

The Pivot Flex blade separates from the front of the foot pocket which allows the water to pass through instead of being pushed down, greatly reducing wasted energy.

Reinforced techno-polymer pivot points join the blade to the rails providing a smooth easy kick that virtually eliminates foot strain and cramping while offering effortless thrust and hours of comfort.

Traditional fin blades are attached to the front of the foot pocket and are harder to kick.

Pivot Flex fins are easier to kick and are more comfortable and efficient.