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Snorkel - anyone still wear theirs diving?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by Andrew Richardson, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Andrew Richardson

    Andrew Richardson Registered

    # of Dives:
    Snorkels - does anyone wear theirs diving? If so, when & why?

    I am still diligently wearing mine but realizing that no one else is. In addition, I am finding it a total pain and always in the way.

  2. Diver Dennis

    Diver Dennis Contributor

    It makes it difficult to wear your mask on your forehead.
  3. markfm

    markfm PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Beautiful Baldwinsville, NY

    It definitely depends on the dive. I have an Aqualung flexible snorkel, it doesn't get in my way overall, and rolls up into a little holder in my BC pocket if I want to remove it.

    Handy for looking at da fish at the end of a dive, or if I have a surface swim.
  4. ED928

    ED928 Guest

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Long Island,New York
    The Only Time I Use It Is Shore Diving Where A Long Surface Swim Is Needed; Any Other Time It Just Seems To Get In The Way.
  5. 123Scuba.com

    123Scuba.com Guest

    I still use mine on beach dives...
  6. james croft

    james croft Contributor

    Some folks don't wear one and they don't need one. Cave diving is a good example where they are not needed and can get hung up, etc. I use one a lot. I recommend a snorkel as it can be a lifesaver when diving in rough water or where there is possibility for choppy conditions. I have had to swim in rough seas to make it back to a boat. On my back I could breath all right but when I rolled over facedown to use other muscle groups in my legs. I needed the snorkel to breath properly as the seas had whitecaps and otherwise would have swallowed a lot of water. The other divers I was with ended up using air from their regs. After a while they were on empty tanks and weren't able to keep up the pace. I made it back to the boat as a direct result of having a snorkel that allowed me to switch from swimming on my back to swimming facedown. Folks that dont like a snorkel in such conditions should bungee one to their backplate or get a rollup snorkel. If conditions get rough they can be a necessary piece of gear.
  7. OE2X

    OE2X *** ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    I don't wear one for two reasons.

    1. I would get in the way of deploying my long hose in an OOA situation.
    2. It can be a pain when swiming in current. Mask can flood.
    3. If the conditions are rough I would rather be on my back gas.
    4. Other than snorkeling - I don't have a use for it.
  8. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    I'll use mine when ocean diving or when required for a diving class I'm taking. When I'm just diving for fun in the nice calm quarries........ Nah.
  9. dlndavid

    dlndavid 私は寿司およびアジア女性を食べるだScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California Norte
    not exactly true,
    and there have been several occasions I'm glad I had mine, just remember to switch to your reg before descending :)
  10. Missdirected

    Missdirected Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa
    When conditions call for it. Makes it a tad easier on long surface swims, especially if there is a bit of chop. I am constantly diving in different conditions. So I always have my snorkel. Granted for most conditions, I leave it in the bag. However, sometimes, I think it makes things easier. So yes I do use it, and am not ashamed to say so :winky:

    Wow, I think this is the first time I have seen this question get so far w/o someone essentially saying they were too cool for one :yelclap:

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