Are full face snorkeling masks dangerous?

How many people have died from full-face snorkel masks?

The Hawaii Health Department reports an increase in snorkel related deaths from 16 in 2014 to 31 in 2018. Department of Health officials say there are an average of 21 fatal drownings among snorkelers each year and 92-percent of those victims are visitors.

Why can’t you wear snorkeling masks in swimming pools?

During busier swimming sessions or those with lanes, the use of snorkels can restrict the vision of the wearer as their head is predominantly face down in the water and this can cause accidents and injuries to other users in the pool when the wearer inadvertently collides with them.

Has anyone died from snorkeling?

According to the DOH, snorkeling remains the leading activity for ocean drownings from 2010 to 2019 at 216 total — 197 visitors and 19 residents.

How long can you breathe underwater with a full face snorkel mask?

In most cases, we don’t recommend diving underwater for any more than 2 minutes with a full face snorkel. Even if you are an experienced snorkeler who is going out in perfect conditions, we don’t recommend diving for more than 2 minutes.

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