Purpose : A snorkel lets you breathe with your face in the water, and to breathe more easily when waves are splashing about, without wasting air from your scuba tank. It’s especially useful when your cylinder is nearly empty and you have a long wait or swim to the boat or shore.
Also known as : schnorkel
Comfortable mouthpiece – Avoids jaw fatigue and chafing.
Proper fit and location – Secures to mask strap so it’s readily available when you need it, yet out of the way when not used.
Self drain – Valve below mouthpiece that assists clearing water from the snorkel.
Large bore – A wide diameter allows for easier air flow and more comfortable breathing.
Smooth curves – Gentle bends reduce breathing resistance.
Flex design – Allows snorkel to swing out of the way when not in use.
Quick connect – Allows you to easily attach and detach your snorkel from your mask strap, which is convenient for travel and storage.
How to choose a snorkel
A snorkel should fit comfortably in your mouth with the tip at the crown of your head. The vast majority of snorkels will do this easily with adjustment, so your primary selection considerations are mouthpiece comfort and features.
- Snorkels come in handy on all dives so make a habit of having yours with you even on dives where you think you won’t need it.