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3 year old snorkeling

Discussion in 'Snorkeling / Freediving' started by DrSteve, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    @dcvf2, here is how regular snorkelers clear a snorkel. Also how uncounted millions around the world for the last 60 years have been taught and practice either or both methods. You are the 1st person I've encountered that does otherwise. I encourage you to continue; it seems to make you feel comfortable and that's good.

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  2. dcvf2

    dcvf2 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Belgium
    Hi "AfterDark »

    That's not the question !

    So, as long as you are a snorkeler 1 , 2 or 3 you do what you want.

    ‘’ it seems to make you feel comfortable and that's good.’’

    That because if you never encountered pure apneists and discussed with them about the safety rules in freediving.
    Please follow a free dive course…You'll understand then.

    Great performant apneists (*) are not at all interested by what I try to transmit here, in the « snorkeling/freediving » section.

    (*)I’m only a small basic apneist (**) just interested by the ‘’free diving skill’’ to fell comfortable to film in apnea sometimes at +/- (60 feet or 18m)
    (**) 38 year in snorkeling …type 4 during the 10 last years
    16 year in free diving ( AIDA 3* since 2015…I was young in this time …73)

    I’m probably the first apneist how dare coming on a ‘’scuba forum’’ to explain the actual safety rules in apnea

    Please go on this forum => FreeDiving, Scuba Diving, Spearfishing & Diving Travel | DeeperBlue.com and ask, if it is recommanded to hold your snorkel in mouth under the water

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  3. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Well I suppose I'll never be an apneist. I don't get why anyone wants to hold their breath underwater when they can use scuba and stay awhile. Between the ages of 10 and 15 I couldn't wait to lose the snorkel and be able to breathe underwater. Snorkeling for me is a means to an end. I snorkel to get ambient light underwater pictures. Around here 2FSW is the best depth for that, so a snorkel is the right tool.
    I did some breath holding spearfishing in the distant past but never was really good at diving deep holding my breath.

    Over the years I've developed a habit of sticking my tongue in the mouthpiece of my snorkel just before I dive and keeping it there until clearing the water from it on the surface. I think that may help prevent the scenario you are posting about.

    I thank you for the information learning is always good. I'll admit to being ignorant of this aspect of free diving.
  4. divad

    divad Solo Diver

    Please post video.
  5. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaverton, Oregon
    I just this summer found a snorkel I didn't want to keep in my mouth--the first, ever, since at least 1957. This was a Aqualung "dry" snorkel, and at 23 feet depth in a fresh water river, I felt it pulling a vacuum on my throat, and spit it out. That's because the valve had sealed, and the tube had become a closed system.

    I have been snorkeling in all sorts of conditions, and have not needed to remove my snorkel from my mouth at all. In my prime, I could fairly easily hit at least 20 meters (about 60+ feet). I would do this with an open "J" snorkel, and breathe when I surfaced. Surfacing I would simply do a displacement clearing of the snorkel and stay with my head underwater. Please note that this was the accepted version, especially while spearfishing as you could continuously keep an eye on the underwater scene, which served a safety purpose.

    @dcvf2, Now, about this "new" sport of "apnea"; it isn't. What is happening is that people are "selling" a new training program, trying to get people "certified" in "apnea." Well, good luck. Yes, people do need to understand the physiology of both shallow water blackout, and decompression sickness from free diving (documented in U.S. Navy training tanks decades ago). Have you read E.R. Cross' publication titled "Taravana," published by Skin Diver Magazine in 1962? (I've uploaded my typeout of his article below, as it is mostly out-of-print.) Here is Robert Wong's follow-up article on the subject, TARAVANA REVISITED DECOMPRESSION ILLNESS AFTER BREATH-HOLD DIVING. So what you are telling us to do we have already mostly done, decades ago. Here is what Dr. Wong stated in his article:


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