Things to Consider when Buying a Snorkel
When buying a snorkel you should ask yourself first whether you are going to use it for snorkeling, for scuba diving, or for both. If you are not aware of it, snorkels are designed for different purposes. If a snorkel is designed for scuba diving, then it is not the best one for snorkeling, and vice versa.
If you are interested in a snorkel for snorkeling, you need to find a good one. Dry snorkels are very popular. With a dry snorkel, water does not enter the snorkel. The snorkel will remain free of water even if you dive or if a big wave goes over you with a dry snorkel. This means that you don’t have to get the water out to breathe. Ideal for snorkeling is a dry snorkel that is not big and bulky. When a snorkel is not big and bulky, we say it is low profile, and this is the ideal snorkel for snorkeling. 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. Simply taking off the snorkel off the mask will solve this problem. When this happens this means that your snorkel is big and bulky.
Snorkels should attach to the mask strap using a good system. The snorkel should be able to slide up and down and side to side on the mask strap. 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. You can purchase a snorkel with many special features as long as you know what these features are for, its benefits and drawbacks.
Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. Divers with no snorkels sometimes struggle on the water surface after scuba diving. If you are still away from the dive boat, you air can run out. It is easy to swim back to the boat if you have a snorkel. A snorkel will also help preserve air in your tank while on the surface. This means you can have more dive time under water.
For scuba diving, a low profile snorkel is ideal. The snorkel should be small and drops comfortably to the side of your face when not in use since snorkels are used less while scuba diving.