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. This question that you need to ask yourself is actually the basis for the different snorkel designs in the market. 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. 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. To be able to breathe, you done have to get water out. Choose a dry snorkel that is not so 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. 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. Some people get frustrated when their masks leak when they know that it fits perfectly. 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. With a good mask strap system you can slide your snorkel up and down and side to side. 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. 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.
A snorkel for scuba diving is also important. Divers with no snorkels sometimes struggle on the water surface after scuba diving. It is possible to run out of air while you are still away from the dive boat. But, if you have a snorkel you can simply swim back to the boat. If you have a snorkel, air will also be preserved in your tank while you are on the surface. 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 small and drops comfortably to the side of your face when not in use since snorkels are used less while scuba diving.