Things to Consider when Buying a Snorkel
Since there are many kinds of snorkels, the first thing that you need to determine is whether the snorkel will be used for snorkeling, scuba diving, or for both. 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. This means that 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. Since water does not enter, you can still breathe freely without having to get our water from your snorkel. 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. Leaking masks causes frustration to many people since they know that they masks fit perfectly. If you want to solve your mask leaking issues, you need to take the snorkel off the mask. This means only one thing, you are using a big and bulky snorkel.
There should be a good system of attaching snorkels to the mask strap. 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.
There are snorkels with many special features and you should take special care when you purchase such. 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. Low profile snorkels can have 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. 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.
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.