Full Face Snorkel Mask Shield

Snorkel Mask Shield

The Snorkel Mask Shield is an alternative PPE solution created from an off-the-shelf full-face snorkel mask by adding a custom adapter that allows the user to add an inline breathing circuit viral/bacterial filter. The snorkel mask provides a full-face shield and air seal and allows for controlled intake through the filter port and exhaust through the mask purge valve.

The Snorkel Mask Shield kit includes a full face snorkeling mask (available in three sizes*) and an injection molded adapter. As is, these kits amount to an excellent full face shield with exceptional field of view as well as protection from accidental contact with the user's eyes

A breathing circuit viral/bacterial filter is not included in the kit, but may be added by the user to suit individual needs. The adapter has a 22mm port to fit various inline filters including the ViroMax Viral & Bacterial Filter 22mm Bidirectional In-Line BVF 156200.

This system was developed by Protect-MI.org as a locally-sourced variant developed in parallel with The Pneumask Project **.

Snorkel Mask Shield kits are ready to be issued to anyone who has a need and are not limited to medical personnel. Individual price is $75 per kit. As Protect-MI.org fundraising efforts grow, individuals and organizations can apply for reduced- or no-cost kits based on need and funding.

*All sizes are produced in the same factory to the same specifications, but vary in branding. Currently, the Small and Large size versions of the kit contain the HEAD Sea VU Dry, while the Medium size kits contain the Ocean Reef Aria.

**The Pneumask.org project uses the Dolfino mask from Walmart. Our user testing indicates a comfort and seal preference for the HEAD/Ocean Reef masks, especially in users with larger heads.


Snorkel Mask with Adapter and Filter Attached

Internal View of Snorkel Mask with Kit Parts

Side View of Adapter and Filter Attached to Mask

Decontamination Protocol

Vision Correction – Glasses are Possible:

The easiest solution is contact lenses. Otherwise, the next best option is to adapt a spare pair of glasses. The first way (see video) is to snip the temples, add tape so that they do not puncture the silicone mask skirt, and then wedge them nicely into the mask. It works much better than it sounds. Another solution is almost the same: use a screwdriver to remove the temple pieces, then add some double-sided tape to the corners before wedging them into the mask. The official way is to order an “Optical Lens Support2” kit, then order or have prescription lenses custom-made for your mask