Best Women’s Rash Guards for Snorkeling


Last Updated on June 21, 2023 by Snorkel Ken

womens-rash-guards-snorkelingRash guards are an important element to protecting your body when in the sun.  It may be even more important when you’re snorkeling.  Women’s rash guards (and men’s) are among the most important yet routinely ignored piece of snorkel gear that there is .

As you snorkel you tend to forget about the above the water world as you become mesmerized by the marine life and sites that lay just below the surface.  It’s easy to forget that the sun is probably beating down on your back, the top and back of your head, neck, and legs.  You may end up getting charred by the sun and not even realize it.  Sure, you can apply sunscreen and some of it works really well even after snorkeling and getting wet.

As easy as it is to apply sunscreen, though, it’s just as easy to forget to apply or re-apply it. And that’s where rash guards come in very hand.  Many rash guards are equipped SPF built right into the fabric for maximum sun protection.  You simply down your rash guard and get to doing whatever it was you wanted to do in the water.  Want to catch some rays?  No problem.  Just take of the rash guard for a little while and lay out in the sun.

We always recommend wearing rash guards when snorkeling.  It not only protects your body from the sun but it also protects from tiny nicks and scrapes with coral and rock.

You can read our full rash guard guide here!

Info on Best Women’s Rash Guards

When it comes to basic rash guards in the traditional sense, you’ll find thatO’Neil rash guards are some of the best on the market and they tend to be the most popular among regular water sports enthusiasts like surfers. Cressi also makes a great line of rash guards for women, so they’re worth checking out as well.

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For more stylish rash guards that are designed and graphically enhanced for women or girls then you can check out some of these designs.

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Regardless of which rash guards you choose to wear just make sure that they meet your needs:

  • Does the rash guard have built in SPF?  (It’s easy to get burned through most fabric unless the SPF is built in.)
  • Do you want loose fitting or tight fitting rash guards?  This is a personal choice but personally we like the tighter ones as that reduce drag in the water and won’t soak up as much.

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