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. This question that you need to ask yourself is actually the basis for the different snorkel designs in the market. 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. Water does not enter the snorkel for dry snorkels. The snorkel will remain free of water even if you dive or if a big wave goes over you with a dry snorkel. To be able to breathe, you done have to get water out. Choose a dry snorkel that is not so 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. 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. 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. 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. You can’t have a low profile snorkel with all these features. If you know the benefits and drawbacks of special features on a snorkel, then you can buy one with many features.
Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. 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. If you have a snorkel, air will also be preserved in your tank while you are on the surface. With more air in your tank, you can dive more under water.
Get a low profile snorkel if you are going to use it for scuba diving. The snorkel should be small and drops comfortably to the side of your face when not in use since snorkels are used less while scuba diving.