Snorkel Essentials

About Your Snorkel

A snorkel is your most important piece of gear along with your mask. It is an amazing tool that allows you the privilege of keeping your face below the water surface while viewing the beautiful underwater world. Your snorkel should grant you the ability to breathe easily while in the water. Snorkels have many different features to consider. We’ll help explain these features to best guide you on your way for choosing one for yourself. The most important thing to know is that with a snorkel, you can view the underwater world without having to lift your face out of the water to breathe. Things can move fast underwater, so you don’t want to miss anything!

Snorkel Features to Look For:

  • Corrugated flexible tube
  • Purge valve for clearing water
  • Soft, comfortable mouthpiece
  • Replaceable mouthpiece
  • Open top, semi-dry top, or dry top
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable mask strap attachment
  • Cautions Before Use:

    • Ensure the drain valve is firmly attached. (for snorkels that include a drain valve)
    • Make sure there is no dust or sand caught in the drain valve.
    • Check for damage to the mouthpiece.
    • The mask and snorkel must be attached properly to avoid from separating while snorkeling.
    • If for children, make sure the snorkel is appropriate size.
    • If the water in the snorkel is not drained properly, you may accidentally drink the water while snorkeling.
  • Care and Maintenance:

    • Rinse your snorkel in fresh water after each use and let it air-dry in the shade.
    • Store in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Over time the sun can cause the plastic material to weaken and crack.
    • Check for any defects.
    • Biting down on the snorkel mouthpiece too hard may damage and break the mouthpiece in pieces.
    • The snorkel may not return to its original shape if the snorkel is bent too hard or stays in a bent shape for too long.