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A&I Split - Snorkel vs. Reg at the surface

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by DandyDon, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Spitting the reg out on surface can be problematic too. I like to keep mine in until I am on the boat usually, as breathing surface air when a wave hits can possibly lead to problems, maybe even panic.
     
  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    snorkel.
     
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  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Jen and welcome to SB...

    Sounds like a dreadful experience. I've seen some other rumors here about another lady, but don't know.

    I carry one, and some do - some don't. If you're on the surface with 500#, you should be able to stay on the reg for a long time still. Sometimes I do switch to my snorkel close to the boat before passing my rig up ahead of me. I carry a pocket snorkel with velcro attachment. :thumb: I think the verlcro is $5, and my snorkel folds up in my BC pocket.
     
  4. flots am

    flots am Solo Diver

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    The regulator works better when you're re-boarding, a wave smacks the boat up and down like a Tonka toy, and you find yourself upside down in the water 10' back from the ladder, wondering "What the hell just happened?"

    There aren't any refunds for unused air, so if it's in the tank I prefer to use it while climbing the ladder

    flots.
     
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  5. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sometimes I do switch to my snorkel close to the boat before passing my rig up ahead of me. I carry a pocket snorkel with velcro attachment. [​IMG] I think the verlcro is $5, and my snorkel folds up in my BC pocket.
     
  6. fred3798

    fred3798 Barracuda

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    I was taught to switch to snorkle upon surfacing to conserve air. Wrong!! No need to conserve at the end. Bopping up and down on the surface often ends up with my head under water. I keep my reg in my mouth where it belongs until my BC is handed off with me firmly affixed to the ladder or I am in the boat.
     
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  7. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    Lets not forget the context of the thread here. If it is difficult bobbing around without a reg / snorkel waiting for the ladder, think how difficult it'll be waiting for the boat to come back!?!?! I always use my reg when boarding. I use my snorkel waiting for the ladder so I'll have plenty of air to use if my egress does go belly up. There aren't any freebies tank rolls for tanks that have been sucked dry of air while underwater. Been there done that, sad sight rust stains on the bottom of your tank.:(

     
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  8. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor Staff Member

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    I have been on the surface more than a few times recently when I was more than happy to keep my regulator in my mouth. I think it is good advice for such situations.
     
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  9. awap

    awap Solo Diver

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    Sure, nothing wrong with using the reg if it is more comfortable. But if you are dependent on the reg on the surface, you may need to adjust your gas plan. And still you need to plan for an LOA or OOA event. I suggest you develop the skills necessary to survive on the surface without the aide
    of scuba. A snorkel may be a nice convenience but if you find it a necessity, there could still be a problem. Simple solution is to learn to inhale only when your head is out of the water. Usually easiest if you float on your back, If you air up the BC to help you float, it is usually quite pleasant.
     
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  10. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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    I spent much time bobbing on the surface waiting for the boat to pick me up in Cozumel lately. I inflated my BCD and my SMB and wrapped part of the SMB around my legs so that I had a nice laid back, relaxing position. I kept my mask on and my reg at the corner of my mouth but I wasn't breathing from it. I always keep my reg in my mouth when boarding the boat and don't take it out until I sit down in case I slip and fall down face first on the boat.
     

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