Let's Talk About Snorkels!

What is Snorkel?

Snorkel is a technique used in snorkeling that involves floating on the water's surface while submerging the face underwater, with the help of a snorkel tube, to observe and explore the marine environment. It offers a unique opportunity to observe the vibrant marine life, colorful corals, and mesmerizing underwater landscapes without the constraints of holding one's breath or diving deep.

How does Snorkel work?

Snorkel consists of a breathing apparatus called a snorkel tube, typically made of plastic or rubber, attached to a mask worn over the face. The mask covers the eyes and nose, providing a clear view of the underwater surroundings. The snorkel tube protrudes above the water, allowing the snorkeler to breathe while their face remains submerged. It is equipped with a mouthpiece that enables easy inhalation and exhalation, ensuring a continuous supply of air while snorkeling.

How many type of Snorkels are there?

There are several types of snorkels available in the market, each designed to cater to different preferences and needs of snorkelers. Here are some common types of snorkels:
  1. Classic Snorkel: This is the most basic and traditional type of snorkel. It consists of a simple J-shaped tube with a mouthpiece and no additional features. Classic snorkels are typically affordable and widely available. The Fourth Element Float Snorkel offers advanced features and enhanced functionality.

  2. Dry Snorkel: Dry snorkels have a specialized mechanism that prevents water from entering the tube when submerged. They usually have a float valve or a splash guard at the top that closes off the snorkel opening when it goes underwater. This type of snorkel is beneficial for those who prefer to stay dry and avoid water entering the tube. The TUSA Hyperdry Elite II Snorkel is an excellent choice.

  3. Semi-Dry Snorkel: Semi-dry snorkels have a splash guard or a deflector at the top of the tube to minimize water entry. While they may not be entirely waterproof like dry snorkels, they offer increased protection against splashes and small waves, reducing the chances of water entering the tube. If you're looking for a reliable semi-dry snorkel, Fourth Element Splash is a great option.

  4. Purge Snorkel: Purge snorkels feature a purge valve at the bottom of the mouthpiece. The valve allows quick and easy clearing of water that enters the tube, without the need to remove the snorkel from the mouth. This type of snorkel is convenient for clearing water and maintaining continuous breathing during snorkeling. Check out the XS Scuba Bypass Elite Snorkel.

  5. Full-Face Snorkel Mask: Full-face snorkel masks have gained popularity in recent years. They combine a mask and a built-in snorkel, covering the entire face. They offer a panoramic view, allowing snorkelers to breathe through both the nose and mouth. Full-face masks often incorporate a dry snorkel design to prevent water from entering the breathing chamber. We have a great range of Full-Face Maask and Snorkel here.

  6. Purge Valve Snorkel: Some snorkels, regardless of their style, may have a purge valve near the mouthpiece. This valve enables easy clearing of any water that enters the tube, providing convenience during snorkeling sessions. You might like the TUSA Imprex II Hyperdry snorkel.

It's important to choose a snorkel that suits your individual preferences, comfort, and snorkeling goals. Consider factors such as water conditions, ease of breathing, and features that enhance your overall snorkeling experience.