How to Choose Your Snorkel

The snorkel is an important safety bit of kit. The reason is that if you ever have the misfortune of having to swim back to shore…. It’s almost impossible to swim when you have to keep raising your head in order to breathe.

There are two main types:

A snorkel that attaches to your mask. (The best place for it).

A folding snorkel that fits in your BC pocket for those that are irritated by a snorkel hanging at the side of their face.

Other features:

Size
This counts, you get little bores for kids and bigger ones for adults.

Mouthpiece
Can be made of cheaper Siliter which is hard ….. or soft Silicone

Flexi hose
Has a flexible tube or part that makes it fall away from the mouth when not being used.

Dry top
A fitting at the um ….top that diverts water droplets and spray from the breathing tube.

Drain Valve or Purge
A one way valve that allows water to drain out, making it easier to clear.

The choice of a snorkel is not a very important one for a scuba diver, they are not expensive and all work as advertised.

A simple snorkel with no purges or floppy hoses is best for free diving.