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Bored, self quarantined, how many still use snorkels

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by 12th Man, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
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    Always, for the last 50 years of diving, except when in a restricted or an overhead environment, it then goes into a pocket. I always use it when I am on the surface.
     
  2. drakcheslav

    drakcheslav Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Serbia
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    I only use it while snorkeling :D

    I don't like to use it, and I prefer to swim on my back.
     
  3. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
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    Nope. But I may wear my mask and tank going to the grocery store!
     
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  4. 12th Man

    12th Man Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: J&D Ranch North Central Texas
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    I live in Texas it's very flat and we have a one story house, safe on that front. All my knives have been sharpened, guns have all been cleaned. Stalls, well they are always being cleaned out! If it keeps raining in Texas I'm gonna need to outfit my cattle in dive gear or at least mask, snorkel and cow fins! My one acre tank (pond for those outside of Texas) is almost 20 acres now. Finished all the simple stuff, too much rain to hunt, do ranch work, 4-wheel around or most anything. Horses just give you that look, don't even think about putting a saddle on my back! Throw in the beer virus and we can't go anywhere. I'm seriously bored as is my wife! :banghead:
     
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  5. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Great White

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
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    I started diving when they hadn't invented the BC yet. We would snorkel out until we got past the surf and then dive down. I always have my snorkel attached and ready to use, unless I'm on the manta ray night dive or something. On boat dives I like to look down while on the surface waiting for the boat to pick me up--sometimes I'll see some very interesting things. A few months ago my BC would not hold air at the beginning of the dive and I used my snorkel to breathe through while waiting for my buddy to equalize her ears. I think it would have been more difficult without a snorkel. Another time the current picked up on a shore dive and I ran out of air sooner than expected so I snorkeled the rest of the way. Personally I don't see why someone would choose not to have one, just in case you need it. Mine stays out of the way and I never notice it's there until I want it.

    You mean you already watched all the pandemic movies and series'? :wink: My girlfriend isn't keen on watching them so we'll probably re-watch all the old underwater movies and then start in on the u/w home videos.
     
  6. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
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  7. Ripley

    Ripley DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
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    No snorkel for me.
     
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  8. piscesdiver55

    piscesdiver55 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Pisgah Forest NC
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    I'm still using a snorkel but looking for a good reason not too. I shore dive mostly and find it useful at times but it's still a nuisance. I thought about a fold-up but haven't done that yet. Maybe a snorkel should be used just for that...snorkeling.
     
  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    if you are shore diving a lot, then it's probably worth keeping one with you. Doesn't have to be fold up though, you can get creative with how yo ustore them. In a bp/w I've stored them like a backup light. Clipped to the left shoulder d-ring from the mouthpiece side with a bolt snap and then a piece of bungee or innertube to keep it locked to the shoulder strap while I'm diving. Easy to deploy when I want it
     
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  10. Ripley

    Ripley DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
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    Main reason for me to ditch it as soon as I could: the thing is just hanging there, dangling around, irritating me, being in the way,... for nothing.
    And I never went snorkeling.
     

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