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. If you are not aware of it, snorkels are designed for different purposes. The snorkel designed for scuba diving is not the best for snorkeling, and this is true the other way around.
Choose the best snorkeling snorkel if that is what you intend to use it for. The most popular snorkels 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. This means that you don’t have to get the water out to breathe. Choose a dry snorkel that is not so big and bulky. Ideally, one should choose a dry snorkel that is low profile, or not big and bulky. Big and bulky snorkels can make a mask leak because of its weight since they pull on the mask strap. 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. With a good mask strap system you can slide your snorkel up and down and side to side. Your mask strap then will not be pulled when you put your snorkel in your mouth comfortably.
You should take extra care when purchasing a 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. It is alright to purchase a snorkel with many features as long as you know what you are getting and the possible drawbacks.
A snorkel for scuba diving is also important. Divers with no snorkels sometimes struggle on the water surface after scuba diving. It is possible to run out of air while you are still away from the dive boat. Swimming back to the boat is easy with 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. 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.