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snorkel, what’s it good for?

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by FM1520, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    For long surface swims, in rough conditions, only. A snorkel is a tool, that should be used based on a risk assessment for each dive.

    I keep a snorkel bungeed to my backplate so that I meet instructor standards when teaching PADI courses. Otherwise, I very rarely carry one.

    I have my regulator in my mouth for entry, because a snorkel won't help if I lost buoyancy when I hit the water. I have a regulator in my mouth when on the surface after the dive, because I have plenty of reserve air left. 50bar/500psi is plenty enough gas to get back to the boat or shore when breathed at 1atm.

    Snorkels are far from optimum for wreck diving - where they pose an entanglement risk. I do a lot of wreck diving. Snorkels are also a P.I.T.A for photography. I do a lot of that too.
  2. scoobydrew

    scoobydrew Master Instructor

    Well I'll go against the grain here, I would never dive without a snorkel. I have done plenty of wrecks and although I can see the possibility of a snag hazard it has certainly never arisen on one of my dives.

    The reason I keep it is for surface swims in high surge/current and in other times I just leave it there as it does not present any issue in my mind (although once I too descended while breathing from one and got a nasty shock about a foot under) I have seen people struggle against surface conditions without them.

    The BSAC thing back home is to keep them attached to your ankle but I guess this again could be a snag hazzard, I would at least keep one in your BCD unless of course as you say you will never encounter waves
  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    Hello Jeni,

    I'd recommend to wear some sort of a hood always even a Polartec or Aeroskin types for comfort. I find it for me that the strap is uncomfortable (even slap strap) and annoying worn without a hood.

    Hair is not an issue for me since mine is cut VERY short. :)
  4. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    Scary. :)

    I always like to keep my snorkels on me. I'd never want to lose them. I am glad to have them.
  5. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    You know, I think it depends a great deal on where you dive. If I were doing surface swims in Maui, a snorkel might be nice, because I'd do them face down and watch the reef. In Puget Sound, you can't see a darned thing once the water is more than about six feet deep, so swimming face down with a snorkel is a way to spend the whole swim seeing absolutely nothing. I'd rather swim on my back and chat with my buddies on the way.

    I HAVE been caught on the surface in rough seas, and I have yet to be in conditions where I didn't vastly prefer a regulator to a snorkel -- or even just timing my breathing with the waves. Using a snorkel simply has meant that I got a mouthful of water when I wasn't expecting it, instead of when I was. They simply don't give one enough additional height to make any difference.

    I have found the disadvantages of a snorkel to outweigh the advantages to the point where I do not carry one at all, ever, except when DMing, and then it's a roll-up, zippered into a pouch which is in my thigh pocket. I have never felt any desire to deploy it.
  6. vladimir

    vladimir ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    I have told this story so many times I'll just cut-and-paste it:

  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California, USA
    Pretty hard to do underwater fencing without a snorkel.

  8. Davemohio

    Davemohio Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH USA
    I dislike the snorkel as well. I find it gets in the way.

    I will use it only on ocean dives and have rarely needed it.

    On some recent specialty courses my Instructors have "strongly" recommended I wear it. So I comply during the class.

    I am looking at the foldable snorkel as an alternative.
  9. Evie G

    Evie G Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines
    How best to bring my snorkle w/ me w/o having it on my mask?
    I use backplate. No pockets. Have my SMB bungeed on one side of my backplate.
  10. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Illawarra.....south of Sydney australia & Balmain
    Snorkels are good for drinking games in thailand, or anywhere for that matter.
    Very helpful for snorkeling as well. Not recommended at the same time.

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