I have already bought so many nose clips and most of them just slip off the nose in the water. The only one that seems to stay on at all is the pinkish rubber coated one with a wire bridge. But there is no way to breathe out through the nose. Also it is a bit painful to wear for more than 15 minutes. Hence the dive mask which feels much better and somewhat alleviates my "phobia" of submerging my face.
I am doing this for fitness purposes, not the least bit concerned about any sort of competition other than with myself. My biggest hurdle is endurance and being able to swim more than 5 pr 6 laps in succession at our pool without feeling totally winded.
Thanks again, if you find out about the nose clip that allows exhaling please advise!