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. 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. 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. To be able to breathe, you done have to get water out. Ideal for snorkeling is a dry snorkel that is not big and bulky. Ideally, one should choose a dry snorkel that is low profile, or 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. Some people get frustrated when their masks leak when they know that it fits 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. 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.
Choose your snorkel carefully since there are 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.
A snorkel for scuba diving is also important. 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. Swimming back to the boat is easy with 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. Snorkels are not used while scuba diving so the snorkel should be small and drops comfortably to the side of your face when not in use.