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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. Catito

    Catito Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Palm Beach County, Fl
    Saved my life once when a great white bit my hoses and left me tankless...nah, just telling stories ‘cause I am bored.
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  2. Daebado

    Daebado Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Kansas
    I always carry this: https://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Lung-Sport-Nautilus-Snorkel/dp/B07CJVC1CT
    Stays attached to my bp at all times. I don't even notice it most of the time but it is within easy reach if needed and, it doesn't take up an space in my one and only pocket!

    In just over 100 dives, I have only ever taken it out to clean it but I figure it only takes that one time and it could literally save your life. As the saying goes... better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it! Of course, one could get carried away living by that saying but seriously, if you don't even notice it's there... why not have it??
  3. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    What's so hard about turning your head to breathe? I was a swimmer before I was a diver so I've got thousands of miles of swimming without a snorkel including a couple hundred in oceans and lakes.

    I don't even take a snorkel when I'm snorkeling since I'm underwater a lot more than I'm on the surface.
  4. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I've never put hands on that style, but have you ever had the snorkel pop out of its holder unexpectedly? Or is it pretty secure in there? I will probably scoop up one of those, or the version that Piranha carries (quite a bit cheaper than AL's version), but wanted to ask first.
  5. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along...

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kingston, Jamaica
    It's pretty firmly in there, so I would be surprised it it could 'pop out'.
    I do keep mine in my one and only pocket though, so it isn't a concern.
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  6. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    Okay, the monthly snorkel thread. Nope, never use one, maybe in a blue moon I might use one for a surface swim when beach diving but even there it is rare because I usually swim on my back so I can look for boats and navigate. I think the last time I used a snorkel it was my roll up stowaway snorkel for my SDI Solo Diver class. It was required equipment. I keep it in my roller bag but it never makes it to the boat bag.

    Back in the 80s there were many PADI ops that would force feed snorkels to me, no snorkel, no dive. Pretty fervent anti-snorkel as a result, plus, they do not look cool with my mask on my forehead, ruins the balance. PADI is all about snorkels only because it is another high profit item to sell to a new diver.

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  7. Daebado

    Daebado Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Kansas
    I've had mine attached that way for probably 50 dives or so. It's always still there at the end of the dive. It takes some effort to take it out for rinsing so I'm pretty confident it's not going anywhere unless I mean for it to.
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  8. Telvar

    Telvar Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Netherlands
    I wear one when diving. Always. I didn't use to and one time I was diving in a strong current and came up too far from the boat without a snorkel and had to swim back against the current. My tank reserves were gone quickly (strenuous activity) and I still had a ways to go. That was enough to ensure I always have a snorkel.
  9. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
    I only use a snorkel when the muddy water is too deep.
  10. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Zealand
    I use my snorkle pretty much every dive. It's especially usefull to conserve air when you have to do a long surface swim to get where you want to dive such as a beach dive to get to deeper water.

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