Having the right dive equipment can make a big difference to your underwater experience and enjoyment. Here are some of our best tips, tricks and strategies about getting the most out of your snorkel gear.
The Value of Valves
Semi-dry and dry snorkel gear reduce or eliminate surface water intrusion, and purge vales aid in removal. But these conveniences can increase breathing effort. That’s why some purists and most free divers prefer simple tube designs.
Go Big, Go Smooth
A large diameter tube means easier air exchange, and becomes even more important if the snorkel is fitted with purge or water-restricting valves. If the snorkel includes corrugated sections, the interior should be smooth to streamline airflow.
Figure the Angle
To reduce drag, make sure your snorkel is angled to follow the contours of the head when you are in a face down swimming position. Ideally, the tip of the tube should break the surface around the back of the neck, not above the jaw line.
Stow and Go
Quick release fittings and folding designs allow divers to stow the snorkel until it is needed, eliminating additional drag and entanglement potential.