What should you look for when selecting a good snorkel?
- Purge snorkel – a purge snorkel is the first and most important feature to include. Fortunately the purge snorkel is fast becoming the most common type of snorkel you can get. A purge snorkel allows you to return from below the surface (with a snorkel full of water), and blow out the water while your face is still in the water. A purge snorkel works by having a small one way valve at the base, which keeps the water out but allows you blow out any water that has entered the snorkel. It is a very simple design and a purge snorkel works very well. A purge snorkel is far easier to clear than the standard type of snorkel.
- Dry valve (or dry snorkel) – having a dry valve at the top of a purge snorkel is the best combination – this valve makes it much more difficult to enter the top of the snorkel, allowing you to concentrate on your spearfishing and reducing the number of times you need to clear your snorkel.
- Flexible hosing near mouthpiece – allows you to curve the mouthpiece into your mouth, giving you the most comfortable fit possible for your face shape.
That’s it – remember the best snorkel you can get will always be a purge snorkel.