Guide to Purchasing the Right Snorkel for Your Needs
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. The truth is that snorkels are designed with that question in mind. if you buy a snorkel for snorkeling, then this is not the best snorkel for scuba diving, and this holds true also if you buy a snorkel for scuba diving – it will not be the best snorkel for snorkeling.
Make sure you purchase a good snorkel if you are looking for one designed for snorkeling. The most popular snorkels 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. 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. When you mask fits perfectly and then you find it leaking, it will definitely cause frustration in you. Simply taking off the snorkel off the mask will solve this problem. This means only one thing, you are using a big and bulky snorkel.
Snorkels should attach to the mask strap using a good system. 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.
There are snorkels with many special features and you should take special care when you purchase such. 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.
Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. If you don’t have a snorkel, you might struggle on the surface after scuba diving. If you are still away from the dive boat, you air can run out. It is easy to swim back to the boat if you have a snorkel. If you want to preserve air in your tank while you are on the surface, then you should use a snorkel. This means you can have more dive time under water.
For scuba diving, a low profile snorkel is ideal. 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.