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. 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.
Make sure you purchase a good snorkel if you are looking for one designed for snorkeling. What most people purchase today are dry snorkels. This means that water does not enter the snorkel. When diving under water or when a wave goes over you, water won’t enter the snorkel. This means that you don’t have to get the water out to breathe. 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. 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. 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. The snorkel should be able to slide up and down and side to side on the mask strap. Your mask strap then will not be pulled when you put your snorkel in your mouth comfortably.
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. If you know the benefits and drawbacks of special features on a snorkel, then you can buy one with many features.
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. If you are still away from the dive boat, you air can run out. 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. With more air in your tank, you can dive more 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.