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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. Ripley

    Ripley DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: B
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  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    and it's your divers in your area that are the reason they are REQUIRED equipment for ALL basic diver training... uggh

    I 100% agree with using them in that environment, but it's ridiculous they're mandatory because of it
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  3. Mermaid Island Diving

    Mermaid Island Diving Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Okinawa, Japan
    Yeah I use it every day cause i'm teaching students.. but it does come in handy at times with out students..
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  4. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Haven't used a snorkel in years, and when I visited Oz about five years ago I got by informing the dive ops that I had a foldable one in my pocket.

    On the surface with a wing I can easily swim on my back anyway even in rough seas.
  5. Boiler_81

    Boiler_81 Solo Diver

  6. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Banned ScubaBoard Supporter


    I used to have a Sherwood AVID folding snorkel...it was really too bad it didn't work as good as it looked...

    The corrugations on the ''pull-out'' tube were too sharp and if it flooded the snorkel would not clear...you had to remove the mouth-piece...let the tube point down so it would drain...and put the mouth-piece back in your mouth...which totally defeated the purpose in the first place...

    I never had a Sherwood AVID BCD...but for those who did own one...it had a small pocket with a Velcro flap...this pocket was actually there to store the AVID folding snorkel...

    It was another one of those ''fabulous''...''gotta have'' dive accessories...that didn't work...


    folding snorkel.jpg folding snorkel 2.jpg
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  7. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along...

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kingston, Jamaica
    I can't tell the last time I've found the need to use one. Even when it's really rough. I've always worn one, but then realised that I do not use it, so a little over a year ago I took it off and now carry one in a pocket.
    If it's rough and I have to swim to the boat I just dip back under a few feet and swim over. I find that way more easier. I just follow those on the surface struggling with the waves and swells. :) I always end the dive with more than sufficient air in the tank.
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  8. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    Yeah, sorry about that. But think about where most or all American dive agencies originated and you have your answer. They should probably update their regional protocols.
    I can see where some or the hatred comes from for snorkels when you see some of these gigantic contraptions with big purge funnels hanging off the bottom and big ball valves on top with corrugated section hoses. The things look like some sort of exhaust system from under my car!
    I just use a very simple and streamlined freediving snorkel that is a straight tube with no purge valves or corrugated sections. It makes for easy clearing. The tube is smooth inside with no places for water to get hung up and no mushroom valves that can fail. The only possible difficulty is doing a hog looped long hose, I’ve done it but I just had to be mindful that when I undo the wrapped hose there was a snorkel there. I’ve since gone to a 40” hose under my arm with a swivel for my primary so there is no more wrapped hose.
    Like I said, in a wreck cave pond quarry clean open water boat dive, no snorkel.
    Right now off our coast all the kelp is gone so snorkeling out to the drop zone is optional. I still prefer to snorkel face down for long surface swimming regardless because it’s more efficient face down on my smooth side rather that on my back back dragging the tank and wing through the water.
    When I was heavily into double hose diving a snorkel was mandatory for surface swimming because I had to be face down otherwise the reg would freeflow.
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  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    @Eric Sedletzky they'll never go away. PADI says it's mandatory, and they got the RSTC to say they're mandatory. They aren't going anywhere...
  10. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    Have you tried shaving a cactus yet?
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