Like most people, you should learn to snorkel before you start your scuba diving classes and snorkeling lessons. Snorkeling is easier and safer to do than diving. You will float in water while observing the creatures underneath. Done in shallow waters, successful snorkeling requires the use of snorkels. These have advanced a lot since the olden days. Snorkels can allow you to see and move underwater without losing your breath. If you plan to snorkel often, you need a personal snorkel rather than a rental one. As there are several types on the market, you should know the perfect choice for you. To find this out, read on.
Kinds of snorkels
There are at least 4 kinds of snorkels sold today. They entail the following:
The classic snorkels
A classic snorkel is also called a J-style snorkel. It entails a rigid plastic tube with an attached mouthpiece. It appears a bit bent too, but users are able to adjust it to fit their needs. While it is the most inexpensive snorkel out there, the classic type is slightly uncomfortable compared to other snorkels. Another disadvantage to using the J-style snorkel is that it is harder to clear the water from the top of the device when it is submerged. You must breathe out forcefully to manage this. If you are a beginner, you may consider buying this simple device. Once you take your first diving class, this gadget will still work.
These are a blend of a classic and a dry snorkel. They come with a splashguard at the top to stop water splashes from getting into a flexible tube. A semi-dry snorkel does let some water to enter though, when the snorkeler is fully submerged underwater or when there are relatively high waves to cover the top of the device. To expel this water, the device uses a purge valve. A semi-dry snorkel is easy, flexible and convenient to use. However, the splashguard’s mechanical parts could start to jam if contaminated by sand. Compared to the classic snorkels, the semi-dry kinds are more expensive.
These types of snorkels are the right picks when you want to keep the water out. They come with a strong valve at the top that totally blocks water and air from entering when the user is underwater. At the bottom of the device, there is a purge valve for removing any water that might accidentally enter the tube. As a result of having the best construction, dry snorkels can be used for snorkeling and scuba diving. They suit scuba diving because you can dive without constantly clearing the water out of the tube. So you can keep on moving towards the ocean floor without feeling tired or bored. A dry snorkel’s top valve can become clogged and affect the user’s breathing. This type of snorkel is too buoyant, which is not considered a good thing.
These types of snorkels have a mask that covers the entire face and has a dry snorkel too. They come with a tube that extends upwards from the top of the face mask. This is the easiest type of mask to use when snorkeling. You should simply wear it and ensure that there is a strong seal on the face. As well, you should make sure that you can still breathe easily through the mouth. If you cannot bite down on a mouthpiece, choose a full-face mask snorkel. It will allow your jaws and mouth to relax and can be usable with your prescription lenses. This one cannot be used when diving because it does not give access to the nose for equalization purposes. It might leak, could feel too warm around the face, and is not fully portable compared to the simple classic snorkel.
Now you know the four main types of snorkels and we believe that making a purchase decision will be easier. When you get a proper snorkel, book your first snorkeling lessons at a Diani Beach Diving center like Scuba Duka and enjoy learning.