Guide to Purchasing the Right Snorkel for Your Needs
When buying a snorkel you should ask yourself first whether you are going to use it for snorkeling, for 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.
Choose the best snorkeling snorkel if that is what you intend to use it for. Dry snorkels are very popular. 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. Ideally, one should choose a dry snorkel that is low profile, or not big and bulky. Big and bulky snorkels can make a mask leak because of its weight since they pull on the mask strap. Leaking masks causes frustration to many people since they know that they masks fit perfectly. 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.
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. You can then position your snorkel in your mouth comfortably without pulling on the mask strap.
Choose your snorkel carefully since there are 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. Low profile snorkels can have all 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.
A snorkel for scuba diving is also important. You sometimes need a snorkel when you surface after scuba diving so you don’t struggle on the water. It is possible to run out of air while you are still away 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.
A low profile snorkel is ideal 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.