What are some tips or tricks you use to carry a snorkel-- not on your head.

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asked May 24, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)

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answered May 25, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)

Excellent question! The debate goes on: snorkel or no snorkel.  A couple items I consider: 1. At the surface, at 1 atmosphere, we use very little air from our tanks, and your regulator is the safest way to swim.  2. When fighting waves while swimming with a snorkel, residual CO2 in the snorkel will frustrate our swimming over time. 3. In full scuba gear my preference is to inflate my BCD and float/swim on my back.

One of the issues with carrying a snorkel is that modern snorkels are very large and bulky.  A happy medium may be to not carry your regular snorkel but to invest in a hybrid collapsible snorkel.  Divers I’ve spoken with tell me the good one maintain their rigidity even in strong winds and waves. Stow it in a BCD pocket or clip it to a D-ring; you won’t know it’s there unless you  need it.

Here's an example from Aqua Lung:

https://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Lung-Sport-Nautilus-Snorkel/dp/B00ITCB34I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1495718113&sr=8-6-spons&keywords=collapsible+snorkel&psc=1

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answered May 25, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
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