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Do you dive with a snorkel!??

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by BLoaf, Jun 16, 2012.

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  1. BLoaf

    BLoaf Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Tampa
    Hello, I am trying to get some input on who uses snorkels and who does not. Is it safe to not dive with a snorkel? Why do people choose to not use them?
  2. chironomidkraut

    chironomidkraut Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Alberta, Canada
    ditched the snorkel after advanced class! kept grabbing the snorkel instead of the inflator hose!
    some instructors make u use them for training, but i have never used it when diving outside of training. i am a cold water lake diver, and i am still alive so i guess its still safe....
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  3. BLoaf

    BLoaf Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Tampa
  4. dfx

    dfx Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Binbrook, ON
    Never used it after the OWD cert dives. Well, except for snorkeling, that is.
  5. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
    I use a snorkel for the times when shore diving requires a long surface swim or it is very choppy and rough.
    But for boat diving or diving at our local dive park it is not needed.
    Also if it is a calm day say at Laguna Beach, don't need it, (unless the snorkel police are out).
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  6. Bigd2722

    Bigd2722 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winter Park, fl
    I keep a snorkel on my bc or in my pocket. I have never used a snorkel for diving and I used to be an air hog.
  7. snowmaker

    snowmaker Divemaster

    # of Dives:
    Location: Maryland
    Can't remember the last time I dove with one that wasn't a training dive. To many things to snag on when wreck diving which is what I do the most of. If I was somewhere that might require a surface swim or something I would consider it though.
  8. ErosJax

    ErosJax Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    I finally lost my 6 year old snorkel last week on my first of eight dives. As crazy as it sounds I felt a sense of freedom with it gone. So, good riddance! That being said, I have ordered a folding snorkel to keep in my bcd pocket just in case I need one.
    By the way, if anyone finds a clear Scubapro Eclipse somewhere in the vicinity of the Spiegel Grove, it's all yours!
  9. divin'dog

    divin'dog Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Western MA
    I use a snorkel but I'm in the minority with others that I dive with. I like it when I'm on the surface doing a long swim (if I'm not on my back) to save air or if the surface is rough. Doesn't bother me at all during a dive. I don't even know it's there. Been diving with it since day 1.
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  10. SnorkelLA

    SnorkelLA DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Water
    I'll be down there soon! Where about did you lose it?

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