The Beginner’s Guide to Snorkeling

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 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. 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. Since water does not enter, you can still breathe freely without having to get our water from your snorkel. If you are going to buy a snorkel for snorkeling choose one that is not big and bulky. The ideal snorkel is low profile which means that it is 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. By taking the snorkel off the mark, your mask will no longer leak. 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. You can then position your snorkel in your mouth comfortably without pulling on the mask strap.

You should take extra care when purchasing a snorkel with many special features. Some features of a snorkel includes a dry top, 2 purges, and a flex tube mouthpiece which can give you benefits but will also make your snorkel heavy and bulky. If your snorkel is low profile, then it cannot have 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.

Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. If you don’t have a snorkel, you might struggle on the 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. If you save air in your tank this means more time for diving under water.

Get a low profile snorkel if you are going to use it 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.

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