Help me understand the need for a snorkel. I really struggle with them while diving. Any suggestions?

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asked May 1, 2018 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

5 Answers

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answered May 1, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
A lot of divers skip the snorkel after getting certified. Especially sidemount. In sidemount you want to be as streamlined as possible so the snorkel gets left behind. The snorkel has its place, for instance, haveing to make a long surface swim from shore before starting your descent.
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answered May 2, 2018 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
No body i know here in denmark uses Them, while diving. I know its a debat. But..... It is a No go here
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answered May 1, 2018 by Cvet (3,369 points)
My question to you is how does it get in the way?  I  don't know it's even there.
commented May 2, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Just irritates the side of my head where it connects.
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answered May 3, 2018 by hurfish (3,024 points)
I like it flapping on the side of my head..said no diver ever!  

If you feel the need to have on incase then get a folding one or find a way to tuck it in your bc. I don't recall a time I actually used it while diving. I get why they teach new divers to wear one, but there are better ways to be equipped as well as other ways to get back to the boat or shore without a snorkel. You can swim on your back, inflate bc remove it to under your belly and use it as a float and kick back- very easy.
commented May 3, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Great answer, thx
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answered Aug 4, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
In the early days snorkels were required, but now , not so much. Just another thing to get in your way. Ihavi used mine since certification.
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