IT was extremely annoying. In Houston you can get a good pair (mask and snorkel) for around $60. OMG you are in CA, probably $80 there. WELL worth it, very well worth it. When you are already out in the water and can't replace the mask, and you can't snorkel for more than 2 minutes at a time because the #$%& mask leaks, it is worth it. Don't want to raise the blood pressure.....laugh.......that is for us oldies but you will be very aggrivated.