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Who Wears A Snorkel When Diving ?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by DiveTub, Jun 24, 2002.

Do You Wear A Snorkel When Scuba Diving

  1. Never Wear One

    76 vote(s)
    29.5%
  2. Always Wear One

    103 vote(s)
    39.9%
  3. Sometimes Wear One

    70 vote(s)
    27.1%
  4. Only When Diving From The Shore

    12 vote(s)
    4.7%
  1. JustJules

    JustJules Nassau Grouper

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    Last winter, when I started to wear a hood, I found that I couldn't get a good mask seal unless the mask strap went inside the hood. That meant there wasn't enough mask strap exposed for attaching a snorkel, so I left it in my dive bag. Suddenly, all of the problems with my mask seal that I had blamed on hair, poorly fitting mask, etc. went away. It had been the snorkel the whole time!

    I have been thinking about getting a collapsible snorkel to carry in my BC pocket, but I haven't done it yet... probably will before I go out of the country and am diving with boats I don't know and trust "just in case". However, I have to say that in 40+ dives since I stopped wearing it, I haven't missed it at all.

    Julie
     
  2. tholt576

    tholt576 Nassau Grouper

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    I have to vote "no" as well. I don't find that the snorkel has a lot of use.
     
  3. mattiedread

    mattiedread Barracuda

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    Depends on surface conditions, and potential. After my AOW I gave up on them as a hassle. But, after drifting of the Darwin Arch in the Galapogos in 4' swells with a Galapagos shark follwing me I carry one if the surface is swelling or a change of weather/pressure seems imminent.
     
  4. Rosie

    Rosie Angel Fish

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    I always have one and although I haven't been diving for very long, I haven't experienced any problems with mask leakage or entanglement so far.

    cheers
    Rosie
     
  5. Curly

    Curly Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pennsylvania and New Hampshire
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    16
  6. Scuba446

    Scuba446 Senior Member

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    My opinion is that they are an entanglement hazard and useless unless 'snorkeling.'

    When snorkeling, I wear a snorkel...when diving, I use my reg!

    :)

    GUE/DIR does not support the use of them, and I can't see where on a wreck or a cave dive it would be useful.

    I guess the KEY words here are - SNORKELING and SCUBA DIVING.
     
  7. chaney

    chaney Guest

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    Just did 5 dives this week and it will be the last time that I dive with a snorkel my ear hates it.
     
  8. cdiver2

    cdiver2 Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Safety Harbor (West central) GB xpat
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    From all the replies it would seem US divers are against snorkels and divers from europ are for them ?.
     
  9. DenverCoJeff

    DenverCoJeff Angel Fish

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    Dove without the snorkel for the first time, and my mask had far less leakage than normal. So, I reluctantly have to admit that unless I am in a class or teaching a class in the future, it will be in my pocket...

    Jeff
     
  10. MichaelG

    MichaelG Angel Fish

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    Being a still new diver, I have to say I always hated the snorkel and wanted to get rid of it. If any of you read my Mis-Adventures of my AOW, then you would understand why I am a believer in the snorkel.

    On a OOA situation, surface swimming 100+ feet in chops is too much hassle without a snorkel. I know OOA should not happen, but it does and that makes it reason enough to have one. Plus, using a snorkel saves on tank air when surface swimming to the down line.

    If anything, I would suggest at least having a fold-up snorkel for those instances when you just might ifnd that you need it.

    --MichaelG
     

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