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The snorkel problem

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by rickthompson, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    Hogarth was a cave diver, am I right?
    No need for a snorkel in a cave then.

    I dive where it is beneficial to dive with a snorkel on shore dives. I have to navigate through kelp and feather boa on my surface swims out and back. It is easier to surface swim out face down with your mask in the water to see where you are going. As I surface swim I can pick a path through the kelp and push it to the sides to get through, something you cannot do finning out on your back. Finning out on your back is a great way to get hopelessly entangled in kelp.
    I am not silly enough to waste precious air on a surface swim.

    I am also not silly enough to wear a snorkel with a long hose, that's why I don't use a long hose.
    Not only that, I mostly solo dive so there is no one to hand off the long hose to.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013
  2. tphelps

    tphelps Course Director

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Depends on what kind of diving you do. When I tech or CCR dive I do not bring a snorkel. One reason is for entanglement, I dont want the snorkeling getting caught on the loop or around my long hose. Then again, Im really comfortable in the water and dont mind doing surface swims on my back. But of course I always wear one when I teach.

    I like your idea of stowing it on your back plate. I agree, pocket estate is a price market :wink:.
  3. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    On my mask, ready to use. It regularly serves me well as part of my scuba diving.

  4. ianr33

    ianr33 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wah Wah Land
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  5. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

    Diving requirements definitely can drive gear choices. For example, in no diving I have done, and certainly in no diving I do on any regular basis, is a snorkel of much use at all, so I don't carry one except when teaching standards require it.

    If I dove solo off Northern California's coast, with the surface swims I saw when I was there this summer, I'd probably want to swim on my stomach and not use doubles or huge tanks, so a snorkel might well come in handy. It's kind of hard to justify a long hose when you dive alone in a place where the only other diver you're likely to run into is going to be free diving.

    But again, the OP posted this in the Hogarthian subforum, and is clearly trying to work with that style of gear configuration, so telling him to put the snorkel on his mask simply isn't a very useful answer for the question he asked.
  6. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    On the 'Hogarthian' forum, I think it's fair to assume a long-hose is being used (neck looped). That particular diving configuration is quite incompatible with wearing a snorkel permanently affixed to the mask, primarily due to the issue of air-sharing.

    I haven't worn a snorkel for more than 10 years. That leads me to question how 'indispensable' it actually is...
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  7. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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  8. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    Fixed it for you :)

    I never carry a snorkel, but do consider my scooter a good tool to bring along, and I never venture into the ocean without my Nautilus Lifeline, as we have Rescue 21 setup along our coast.
  9. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Assistant Instructor

    A snorkel is a wholly unuseful piece of diving equipment. It's a very useful piece of snorkel equipment. I only bring dive gear diving and can't think of a single scenario where I'd wished I'd had a snorkel.

    ---------- Post added September 21st, 2013 at 10:01 AM ----------

    Well, there's the QOTD for the Hogarthian Diving forum if I've ever seen it.
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  10. cb5150

    cb5150 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Woodlands, TX
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