Good Snorkeling Mask For Small Or Narrow Face

by Cary Bennett
(Roswell, GA)

I have a recommendation for a good snorkeling mask for a small or narrow face. I am happily using the SEAC Salina MD Mask. I tried on a number of masks searching for one that would work well with my small and narrow face. My first snorkeling mask was actually a child's mask, but, believe it or not, it was actually too large and I couldn't get a good seal with it.

So, I began the search for one that fit properly and was decently comfortable. There aren't really many out there that are cut for a more narrow face and the SEAC Mid is working well for me, and comes with an extremely reasonable price. Thought I would pass this along in case anyone else out there may have the same trouble I do finding a mask.

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Nov 17, 2012
Nice Tip For Small Faces
by: Galen & Nicole

Great tip Cary. We found the SEAC Salina MD Mask on Amazon. It is inexpensive. Two more masks that are designed for small faces and for women and children are the Cressi Sub Lince, and the Scubapro Spectra Mini Mask, although they both cost much more.

Finding a perfectly fitting mask is so important, and when you do find one it makes a world of difference. For anyone else trying to find a mask our mask fitting tips page can help.

Nov 17, 2012
RE: Mask for Narrow/Small Face
by: Cary Bennett

I got mine at Divers Supply at their Marietta store. I looked around on their site and identified 3 or 4 potential "candidates", then went in and tried them on. They wound up needing to get this one in on a special order for me, so, that was really nice! We also got our wetsuits from them. Have found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful with an amazing array of equipment and an indoor pool to boot where you can work on scuba certification if you want to.

Aug 01, 2013
Atomic Aquatics Masks
by: RalphinOrmond

Mine is also a smallish, narrowish face. I have been using the Atomic Aquatics masks for years, most recently every week. The mask is very comfortable, light and beautiful with an unnoticeable amount of leakage. I guess they are not inexpensive if about US$100 seems like a lot. To me, the value of a good mask makes this a screamingly good bargain.

Aug 02, 2014
Snorkel to use w/ SEAC mask that Cary suggests...
by: Cheryl

Hi. I have a very small/narrow face too, and am having trouble finding a mask to fit. I am going to order the SEAC recommended by Cary. But I would like to know which snorkel she's using as I'm finding the child's is too short and the adult's is too big & heavy... Any suggestions are more than welcome! Thanks!

Aug 04, 2014
The snorkel I use....
by: Cary Bennett

I believe my snorkel is made by Sea Elite. I use a "Dry" Snorkel, after starting out with an older "traditional" snorkel and found it fright-inducing to have water come down it. And, yes, my snorkel is a bit heavy, but, just try moving the clip up or down a bit until you get it where it works more comfortably.

Also, I bought a small mouthpiece for my snorkel, they are replaceable. There are a number of "work-arounds" available these days to make your snorkeling experience easier and more enjoyable.

If you live anywhere near a "Divers Supply", definitely drive over and try things out. I cannot say enough good things about the crew at Divers Supply here in Marietta. We are on a first name basis with them.

I wish you the best of luck!!

Feb 11, 2015
New Mid Size Mask for Small/Narrow face
by: Cary Bennett

It was time to replace my mask that I had been wearing for the past few years, referred to above. I went online to research this and found that Sport Diver Magazine online has terrific reviews on every type of equipment out there. That is how I found the mask I am currently using. I found two that stated that they were made for smaller faces. So, I wrote down the names and went to Divers Supply in Marietta to go try them on.

I wound up with the Mares X-Vision Liquidskin Mid Mask. The latest technology in masks now provides a soft silicone skirt that is comfortable and gives a good seal. Then, there is a second flange that provides further sealing to the face, but is a bit firmer to provide good structure and volume.

I am happy to report that I have worn this mask since August of last year on a number of dives in Fiji and snorkeling in Tonga with the whales and have never experienced a leak and it is totally comfortable. I highly recommend this mask to you if you have a smaller face.

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