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Whats the main use for a snorkel?

Discussion in 'Snorkeling / Freediving' started by jma1981, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. jma1981

    jma1981 Garibaldi

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    Hi, I'm new to this and just wondering whats the main job for the snorkel.

    Is it used only for surface swimming?
    I've seen people freedive 100ft down with a mask/snorkel/fins , but they dont even put the mouthpiece of the snorkel in their mouth once their down there, why's that?
     
  2. Groundhog246

    Groundhog246 Loggerhead Turtle

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    :snorkels: Hmm
    Should I :ignore:
    I really want to :shakehead
    I'm really feel :devil_3:ish and it's tempting to :1poke:

    But I'm gonna bite.
    It's primarily used for SNORKELING near the surface. It doesn't deliver much air at depth, so not much point in having it in your mouth. Many of the folks who can reach 100 feet don't even wear a snorkel. :klo:
     
  3. BigWhiteSquare

    BigWhiteSquare Solo Diver

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    Yes, it's only used for "surface swimming". You'll find that many divers (the majority I'd say) don't even use a snorkel. I prefer not to use one as well. When faced with a long surface swim, I find it easier to swim on my back than face down with a snorkel.


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  4. Missdirected

    Missdirected Guest

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    Hmmm...now that is food for thought. Hmm...definitely not.
     
  5. String

    String Master Instructor

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    My main use for a snorkel? It comes in handy when snorkelling.

    I do use it to play octopush from time to time too.
     
  6. Missdirected

    Missdirected Guest

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    What a splendid idea. What to do with things that don't get much use.:D
     
  7. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Use a snorkel for anytime you're on the surface, and don't want to waste gas.

    I use mine about half the time on long surface swims, whenever my face is in the water, like manuvering around kelp, or, when on the surface at boat dives.

    Freediving, hunters use snorkels because it lets them keep their faces in the water watching for targets. Competitive apnea divers don't use them, because of it's drag and interferes with good air movement pre-dive and post-dive.

    It's a tool, use it if your dive plan might need it. I'll leave mine behind if shooting photos or overhead-restricted.

    All the best, James
     
  8. ProfessorAronnax

    ProfessorAronnax Great White

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    Great for reaching your dive area without wasting air. I use it when I'm heading to and from my lobster hunting ground.
     
  9. Chris Sawallich

    Chris Sawallich Divemaster

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    Its a great tool for holding the lid of my tool box open, or making loud annoying whale type noises and annoying my buddies......other than that it doesnt leave my bag, heck most of the time, it doenst even leave my house....
     
  10. Blox

    Blox Solo Diver

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    snorkels are good for poking around in the bottom or holes that you don't want to stick your hand into :)

    and ofcourse for snorkelling
     

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