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Things to Consider when Buying a Snorkel
Since there are many kinds of snorkels, the first thing that you need to determine is whether the snorkel will be used for snorkeling, 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.
Choose the best snorkeling snorkel if that is what you intend to use it for. What most people purchase today are dry snorkels. With a dry snorkel, water does not enter the snorkel. Water will not enter the snorkel even if a big wave goes over you or even if you give under water. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
You should also have a snorkel for scuba diving. You sometimes need a snorkel when you surface after scuba diving so you don’t struggle on the water. You can run out of air while still a long way 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. 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.