How to Purchase a Snorkel
What do you need a snorkel for? The answer to this question determines what type of snorkel to buy. If you are not aware of it, snorkels are designed for different purposes. if you buy a snorkel for snorkeling, then this is not the best snorkel for scuba diving, and this holds true also if you buy a snorkel for scuba diving – it will not be the best snorkel for snorkeling.
If you are interested in a snorkel for snorkeling, you need to find a good one. What most people purchase today are dry snorkels. With a dry snorkel, water does not enter the snorkel. When diving under water or when a wave goes over you, water won’t enter the snorkel. To be able to breathe, you done have to get water out. If you are going to buy a snorkel for snorkeling choose one that is not big and bulky. Ideally, one should choose a dry snorkel that is low profile, or not big and bulky. If the snorkel is big, it weighs enough and will cause drag in the waters that they can pull on the mask strap where they are fastened to and make your mask leak. Leaking masks causes frustration to many people since they know that they masks fit perfectly. If you want to solve your mask leaking issues, you need to take the snorkel off the mask. A leaking mask means that your snorkel is big and bulky.
There should be a good system of attaching snorkels to the mask strap. Sliding the snorkel up and down and side to side on the mask strap is possible with a good strap system. This will allow you to position your snorkel in your mouth comfortably without puling on the mask strap.
Choose your snorkel carefully since there are snorkel with many special features. There are snorkel features such as a dry top, 2 purges, and a flex tube mouthpiece that may be beneficial, but these are designed for heavy bulky snorkels. You can’t have a low profile snorkel with all these features. If you know the benefits and drawbacks of special features on a snorkel, then you can buy one with many features.
Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. If you don’t have a snorkel, you might struggle on the surface after scuba diving. You can run out of air while still a long way from the dive boat. Swimming back to the boat is easy with a snorkel. If you have a snorkel, air will also be preserved in your tank while you are on the surface. With more air in your tank, you can dive more under water.
For scuba diving, a low profile snorkel is ideal. The snorkel should be a small one so it does not disturb your face since it drops comfortably to the side when not in use.