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    How to Choose A Snorkel

    February 02, 2024 2 min read

    How to Choose A Snorkel

    There are a variety of snorkels available at Adreno and it is important to recognise the difference between the styles of snorkels. Lucas Handley is here to share his expertise and help you make an informed decision when selecting a snorkel, whether it's for spearfishing, snorkelling or freediving. 

     



    The Snorkel Spectrum:
    Snorkels come in a wide range of materials and designs, catering to the diverse needs of water enthusiasts. From hard plastics to soft rubbers, the choice is yours. While soft rubbers offer greater comfort against your face, they are more susceptible to wear. Hard plastics, on the other hand, may not be as comfortable but offer increased durability. Your choice between the two should be based on your personal comfort preferences.

    Understanding Price and Performance:
    The cost of your snorkel will often be influenced by its design and features. If you're a casual snorkeler, a basic U-shaped snorkel might suffice. However, if you require more advanced features, you'll find a wide range of options available. Here's a breakdown of some key features to consider:

    • Visible Color: Some snorkels come with a colored top that makes you more visible underwater. This can be particularly useful for safety and group diving.
    • Purge Valve Systems: Typically favored by scuba divers, purge valve systems allow you to expel water from the snorkel without having to forcefully blow it out through the top. Some freedivers also appreciate this feature.
    • Flexible Neck: An essential feature in upmarket snorkels, a flexible neck allows the snorkel to bend, reducing water resistance when you're rapidly descending or ascending. This feature can greatly enhance your diving experience.
    • Splash Guards: For those facing windy conditions and ocean spray, snorkels with splash guards help prevent water from entering, ensuring uninterrupted breathing.
    • Dry-Top Valve: A more advanced feature, some snorkels come with a valve at the top that automatically closes when you descend to prevent water from entering the snorkel. This is especially useful for freedivers and spearfishers.


    Ensuring Durability:
    The wear and tear on your snorkel due to UV exposure and saltwater can be a concern so make sure you're rinsing and storing your snorkel correctly after each dive.

    To prevent losing your snorkel while in the water, consider using a double O-ring attachment to connect your mask and snorkel securely. This serves as a reliable backup, giving you peace of mind during your underwater adventures.

    Adreno's range of snorkels offers a wide variety, ensuring that you can find the perfect fit for yourself. Explore the options below and if you're still unsure, drop into one of our mega stores for some solid advice from our team.