Guide to Purchasing the Right Snorkel for Your Needs
What do you need a snorkel for? The answer to this question determines what type of snorkel to buy. The truth is that snorkels are designed with that question in mind. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
You should find a snorkel that attaches to the mask strap with a good system. Sliding the snorkel up and down and side to side on the mask strap is possible with a good strap system. 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. Some features of a snorkel includes a dry top, 2 purges, and a flex tube mouthpiece which can give you benefits but will also make your snorkel heavy and bulky. 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. Divers with no snorkels sometimes struggle on the water surface after scuba diving. If you are still away from the dive boat, you air can run out. Swimming back to the boat is easy with a snorkel. A snorkel will also help preserve air in your tank while on the surface. This means you can have more dive time under water.
For scuba diving, a low profile snorkel is ideal. 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.