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. This question that you need to ask yourself is actually the basis for the different snorkel designs in the market. 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. 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. The ideal snorkel is low profile which means that it is 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. 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. The snorkel should be able to slide up and down and side to side on the mask strap. 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. Dry top, 2 purges, and a flex tube mouthpiece are some special features of a snorkel that has many benefits and uses but with these features you will have a heavy and bulky snorkel. 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.
You should also have a snorkel for scuba diving. 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. But, if you have a snorkel you can simply swim back to the boat. If you want to preserve air in your tank while you are on the surface, then you should use a snorkel. 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.