Things to Consider when Buying a Snorkel
What do you need a snorkel for? The answer to this question determines what type of snorkel to buy. The truth is that snorkels are designed with that question in mind. The snorkel designed for scuba diving is not the best for snorkeling, and this is true the other way around.
If you are interested in a snorkel for snorkeling, you need to find a good one. What most people purchase today are dry snorkels. Water does not enter the snorkel for dry snorkels. When diving under water or when a wave goes over you, water won’t enter the 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. Ideally, one should choose a dry snorkel that is low profile, or not big and bulky. A big and bulky snorkel will be heavy and will cause drag in the water that can pull on the mask strap and make the mask leak. Some people get frustrated when their masks leak when they know that it fits perfectly. Simply taking off the snorkel off the mask will solve this problem. This means only one thing, you are using a big and bulky snorkel.
There should be a good system of attaching snorkels to the mask strap. With a good mask strap system you can slide your snorkel up and down and side to side. 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. If your snorkel is low profile, then it cannot have these features. If you know the benefits and drawbacks of special features on a snorkel, then you can buy one with many features.
A snorkel for scuba diving is also important. You sometimes need a snorkel when you surface after scuba diving so you don’t struggle on the water. It is possible to run out of air while you are still away from the dive boat. 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. With more air in your tank, you can dive more under water.
A low profile snorkel is ideal for scuba diving. Snorkels are not used while scuba diving so the snorkel should be small and drops comfortably to the side of your face when not in use.