Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Kids' Snorkel Sets - The Best and Safest Products

Whether you're 6 years old or 60 years old, having a good set of snorkeling equipment will make a huge difference when you are in the water. It's like anything else - If you're taking the time to do something you really enjoy, you don't want to be uncomfortable or worried about the equipment you're using.

In this article we will review some of the best and most popular snorkeling sets for kids. Unless you're a family of avid and expert snorkelers, you won't need extremely fancy stuff, especially since you never know how quickly the kids will grow out of their equipment.

Therefore, we will be placing an emphasis on value, highlighting good quality kids' snorkeling equipment that won't exceed your budget. 

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

A little more on the expensive side, this snorkeling set has the good quality and functionality (e.g. open-heel fins and 100% dry top snorkel) that adults look for, but scaled down in size for children. Promate is a good brand in general, and this set will likely last longer than most others that are made for children. You can view a sizing chart by clicking on the link. Overall, thumbs up to this snorkel set!

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This is a slightly cheaper snorkel set for kids with average quality. The open-heel feature on the fins is a nice touch, but the fins themselves aren't known to be very durable. The mask and snorkel will likely last way longer than the fins. Overall, this is a decent starter set for the price. 

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

This is a very good quality snorkel set for kids. The fins are durable, but the full foot design means you need to be a little more careful selecting the size (fits sizes 1-3 or 3-5). This set is a little more expensive, but if they have the correct size for your child then it could be worth while, especially if they can be handed down to a younger sibling after they grow out of them. 

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US Divers is a good snorkeling brand that offer quality products. The open-heeled fins are nice, and kids often find the shorter fins easier to use. The mask is also good for smaller, narrower faces. The main drawback is the snorkel has a splash guard and isn't a 100% submersible dry top snorkel.  

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Made by Speedo, one of the most popular water sport brands out there, this is one of the cheaper full snorkeling sets you'll find. However, the price reflects the quality. If you're willing to spend even $10 more, then we would recommend looking for a different set. Overall, good price, but low durability and the hard plastic fins are not very comfortable. 

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

This is another kids' snorkel set that offers good value. This is actually quite similar to the US Divers set reviewed above with short open-heel fins. Good quality and performance, the only downside is the brand is just a little less popular among snorkelers, which may affect your research, but for all intents and purposes the quality is there. 

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

This is a great snorkel set for kids, but due to the long fins may be not be the most suitable for very young children. That being said, great quality and performance, and the open-heel fins are a good characteristic. Very well-reviewed, this snorkel set provides great value!

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

This snorkel set is very similar to the other US Divers snorkel set reviewed above. The fins are a little shorter and the snorkel is better as it's a submersible dry-top snorkel, as opposed to a splash guard. We highly recommend this snorkel set, as the overall durability and performance is great. 

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Although this set looks rather plain and old-school, the quality and performance is there. However, this set is actually meant for children over the age of 8, which is probably a good idea as the fins are quite long (which may be preferred for older children). Overall, good product for a low price, but limited age range.

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Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Snorkeling sets like these are NOT meant to last. It's easy to consider them due to the "cute" looks, but the quality is garbage and are not meant for true snorkeling. We only recommend these if you're looking for something cheap the kids can use around a small inflatable pool or something. 

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A little more on the expensive side, this snorkeling set has the good quality and functionality (e.g. open-heel fins and 100% dry top snorkel) that adults look for, but scaled down in size for children. Promate is a good brand in general, and this set will likely last longer than most others that are made for children. You can view a sizing chart by clicking on the link. Overall, thumbs up to this snorkel set!

This is a slightly cheaper snorkel set for kids with average quality. The open-heel feature on the fins is a nice touch, but the fins themselves aren't known to be very durable. The mask and snorkel will likely last way longer than the fins. Overall, this is a decent starter set for the price. 

This is a very good quality snorkel set for kids. The fins are durable, but the full foot design means you need to be a little more careful selecting the size (fits sizes 1-3 or 3-5). This set is a little more expensive, but if they have the correct size for your child then it could be worth while, especially if they can be handed down to a younger sibling after they grow out of them. 

US Divers is a good snorkeling brand that offer quality products. The open-heeled fins are nice, and kids often find the shorter fins easier to use. The mask is also good for smaller, narrower faces. The main drawback is the snorkel has a splash guard and isn't a 100% submersible dry top snorkel.  

Made by Speedo, one of the most popular water sport brands out there, this is one of the cheaper full snorkeling sets you'll find. However, the price reflects the quality. If you're willing to spend even $10 more, then we would recommend looking for a different set. Overall, good price, but low durability and the hard plastic fins are not very comfortable. 

This is another kids' snorkel set that offers good value. This is actually quite similar to the US Divers set reviewed above with short open-heel fins. Good quality and performance, the only downside is the brand is just a little less popular among snorkelers, which may affect your research, but for all intents and purposes the quality is there. 

This is a great snorkel set for kids, but due to the long fins may be not be the most suitable for very young children. That being said, great quality and performance, and the open-heel fins are a good characteristic. Very well-reviewed, this snorkel set provides great value!

This snorkel set is very similar to the other US Divers snorkel set reviewed above. The fins are a little shorter and the snorkel is better as it's a submersible dry-top snorkel, as opposed to a splash guard. We highly recommend this snorkel set, as the overall durability and performance is great. 

Although this set looks rather plain and old-school, the quality and performance is there. However, this set is actually meant for children over the age of 8, which is probably a good idea as the fins are quite long (which may be preferred for older children). Overall, good product for a low price, but limited age range.

Snorkeling sets like these are NOT meant to last. It's easy to consider them due to the "cute" looks, but the quality is garbage and are not meant for true snorkeling. We only recommend these if you're looking for something cheap the kids can use around a small inflatable pool or something. 

Safety Tips for Kids Snorkeling

The most important safety guidelines in snorkeling apply for both adults and children alike. These are the big picture items like making sure you're snorkeling in safe calm waters, that you and your children are comfortable in the water, and that you are all visible to each other. For some general tips on how to be safe and successful with snorkeling, please check out the video below. 


There are a couple things to keep in mind specifically for your children though. Chances are you have, or at some point before your snorkeling adventure will, think of these things, but better safe than sorry!

Snorkeling Vests for Kids

We recommend snorkeling vests for both adults and children; however, they are likely more important for the kids. Adults who have spent a lot of time in the water, or are simply strong swimmers, can often get away without wearing a vest (again, not recommended), but your children may not have a completely accurate sense of their capabilities in the water.

Although your child may be a strong swimmer, the fatigue involved in snorkeling can sometimes sneak up on them. It's not your standard lane swimming or backyard pool swimming, and the pure enjoyment of exploring cool areas can distract them from understanding exactly how fatigued they are. This is the main reason we strongly recommend a snorkel vest.

We will provide information on snorkel vests for kids below, but for a more comprehensive guide and review snorkel vests in general, please click here.

Snorkel Fins for Kids

There isn't too much to say here. The main thing is that they are wearing a set of snorkel fins. However, to make your snorkeling adventure more comfortable, enjoyable, and perhaps to even delay fatigue a little, we recommend shorter fins for children, especially very young or small children. This is simply because kids often find shorter fins easier to use, walk around in, and are more comfortable.

Although full foot fins are usually better for beginners, investing in a pair of open-heel fins could be a good option as well. Open-heel fins have an adjustable strap that allows for adjustments to the fit. If the fins don't fit perfectly, you can use the strap to create a better fit. Additionally, as your kid's feet grow, you can make the strap looser and looser over time, allowing you to get as much use out of one pair of fins as possible. This isn't to say full foot fins aren't good, just something to keep in mind. 

Snorkel Masks for Kids

The main difference between kid's mask and an adult's mask is size, with the kid's mask designed to fit a much more narrow face. This will allow for a better seal around the mask so that water won't leak in. This isn't the biggest safety concern, as your child will likely let you know right away if they can't see anything or if it's bugging them, but could make a difference to the overall experience. Therefore, don't immediately assume that your adult mask will be fine for your child if you tighten the strap, as it simply may not be able to accommodate the difference in face shape.

Kids' Snorkels

If you're wondering how good of a snorkel your kid needs, think about their swimming ability and snorkeling experience level. A snorkel with a simple splash guard may not be suitable for your child if they have any difficulty controlling their depth, as water may enter the snorkel more easily for them than an adult. We always recommend submersible 100% dry top snorkels if you can afford it.

Commonly Overlooked Snorkeling Safety Items For Kids

In addition to equipment, there are some other things you can do to ensure you keep your kids safe while also having an amazing time. One of these simple items is applying sun screen well before entering the water and making sure to re-apply. The sun can be extremely strong on the water, especially in tropical locations, and re-applying can be easy to forget when you're having a great time.

Another good practice is covering any exposed skin with a physical barrier, like a wetsuit or a shirt. This will help reduce the risk of sunburn and may also protect the kids from things like jellyfish stings, scrapes from coral, etc. You can double-up by having them wear something really colorful, so that you can make sure to know where they are in the water at all times.

Knowing the typical water conditions, in addition to the current conditions, can be helpful, as you may be able to predict any change in the currents. Ideally you will be snorkeling in a location that is well protected from wind, surf, and currents, but you never know with the ocean. It's always a good idea to quickly check with someone local if there is anything you should be aware of about the typical conditions of your snorkeling spot.

Lastly, bring lots of snacks and water! You kids (and maybe even you!) could be having an awesome time and forget to eat or drink water. Keep them well hydrated and their energy levels up to prevent undue fatigue!

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

This is a solid set of snorkeling gear for the kids. The cost is a little bit on the higher side, but for a reliable brand and the quality of gear that you're getting, it can be well worth it.

It comes with open-heel fins of fairly standard length, which could extend the lifetime of the gear a little bit if you are able to adjust the fins as your child grows. The mask boasts all the features you would expect in a good mask (i.e. tempered glass lenses, silicone skirt, etc). The snorkel is a submersible 100% dry top snorkel ,something that we always recommend if possible.

Given the slightly higher cost and open heel fins, you may not want to buy this as your child's very first snorkeling set, particularly if you don't know how much use they will get out of it. That's not to say they can't use this set, it may just be a little more than they need, which is important to keep in mind when on a budget.

This snorkeling set does has it's advantages though, primarily that it's such a popular and reliable brand among the snorkeling community. This can make finding extra reviews, company info, and customer service much easier. Additionally, they provide lots of information on Amazon allowing you to get a deal without feeling uninformed. Their sizing chart is a bonus, as it is quite detailed and easy to follow.

Overall, this is a good quality set of snorkeling gear that your kids could love. It's well reviewed by many customers and has known to be among the most durable snorkeling equipment sets for children. The only disadvantage is the slightly higher cost, and the gear may be a bit much to a kid who has never tried snorkeling, mainly if they are really young (like under the age of 4). 

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

We are all about value and getting great bang for your buck. However, that doesn't always mean the cheapest sets have the best value. This is a good example of one of those sets where it's just not worth it to save a few bucks.

As popular and reliable as Speedo products are in general with water sports, don't let the brand name fool you with this set. It appears as though Speedo was attempting to create that base level product for kids that just needed a toy around the water, and not necessarily anything specific for snorkeling. As much as we respect this, the quality just isn't there compared to other sets of similar, or a tiny bit higher, cost than this one. 

The plastic is quite hard and flimsy, and definitely won't stand up tot he test of time. The fins are known to be quite uncomfortable and the mask has known to have issues as well, mainly with the lenses popping out easily and the strap breaking.

This isn't to say your kid can't have fun with this. If they are playing around the pool or shallow water they may get a kick out of it. Similarly, one could argue that since they are so cheap it could be worth just trying anyway. However, our recommendation is to look elsewhere. Even increasing your budget by $5-10 could go a long way in finding the right set of snorkeling equipment for your child. 

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Another good snorkel equipment set made by Promate, this is very comparable to the Promate snorkel set reviewed above. Although the snorkel is a slightly different model (same brand), the biggest difference is in the fins.

The fins that come in the set of snorkeling gear use a full foot design. This is the standard fin style that may immediately come to mind, where it's like sliding on a shoe. If your child is a first time snorkeler, it could be worth using full foot fins while they learn the basics. They are easier to put on and take off, are lighter and easier to carry, and you don't need to think about potentially buying neoprene boots to wear with them.

Additionally, the fins may be slightly longer for very young children (e.e under age of 4), but that isn't always the case, especially if an adult is helping them out.

Overall, this is a great snorkeling set for kids if a full foot fin is what you're after. They're durable and will perform well, and could be a good option for beginners if you have the budget to spend on a quality set. 

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Winner of our Best Value Kids Snorkel Set, US Divers is a reputable snorkeling and scuba brand that always seems to deliver with high quality equipment at a reasonable price.

This set comes with a submersible 100% dry top snorkel that is contoured to fit the facial/head shape of kids. The fins are open-heel, so not the most basic, but they are still simple enough that most kids can handle them. The length of the fins is pretty average, maybe a little bit on the shorter side, which if anything is ideal.

The mask is made with two lenses of tempered glass and a silicone skirt, which again, is ideal. A bonus feature is the travel-ready vinyl bag with mesh panel for easy and dry storage.

Overall, this is a great set of snorkeling equipment for kids at a reasonable cost. The brand is reputable among snorkelers and is known for creating above average products that don't break the bank. If in the budget, we definitely recommend consider this set of snorkeling equipment for kids. 

Kids’ Snorkel Sets

Similar to the Speedo Aqua Quest snorkeling set, the Intex Reef Rider kids snorkel set is base level snorkel gear available at a low cost. That being said, we do actually like this one more than the Speedo set.

The full foot fins, which are often ideal for beginners, are made of a soft thermoplastic rubber, as opposed to the harder plastic of the Speedo set. Comfort always makes a big difference. There's nothing special about the snorkel and mask, for instance, the snorkel isn't a a dry-top, but there's nothing to complain about either. They aren't known to be super durable, but at the same there aren't many complaints of them falling apart before expected.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that they are for older kids, approximately ages 8 and up, or shoe sizes 5-8. However, if your child falls within the category, this could be a great starter snorkeling set especially considering the low cost.

Overall, if you're looking for a basic snorkeling set at really good price, we definitely recommend considering the Intex Reef Rider kids snorkel set. Nothing special, but better quality than expected for the cost. 

Overall, if you're looking for a basic snorkeling set at really good price, we definitely recommend considering the Intex Reef Rider kids snorkel set. Nothing special, but better quality than expected for the cost. 

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