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. If you are not aware of it, snorkels are designed for different purposes. The snorkel designed for scuba diving is not the best for snorkeling, and this is true the other way around.
Choose the best snorkeling snorkel if that is what you intend to use it for. What most people purchase today are dry snorkels. With a dry snorkel, water does not enter the snorkel. Water will not enter the snorkel even if a big wave goes over you or even if you give under water. 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. If the snorkel is big, it weighs enough and will cause drag in the waters that they can pull on the mask strap where they are fastened to and make your mask leak. 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. 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. Your mask strap then will not be pulled when you put your snorkel in your mouth comfortably.
Choose your snorkel carefully since there are 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. If your snorkel is low profile, then it cannot have these features. You can purchase a snorkel with many special features as long as you know what these features are for, its benefits and drawbacks.
Scuba divers should also have a snorkel. Divers with no snorkels sometimes struggle on the water surface after scuba diving. You can run out of air while still a long way from the dive boat. But, if you have a snorkel you can simply swim back to the boat. A snorkel will also help preserve air in your tank while on the surface. This means you can have more dive time 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.