Snorkels for Spearfishing
If you are into spearfishing, the snorkel is your breathing device. Your snorkel will allow you to hunt effectively, looking all around you from the surface, while still breathing comfortably. Snorkelling is a great way to get started in spearfishing. You can hunt around shallow reefs and coves using a simple mask and snorkel set up.
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Customer Buying Guide to Snorkels
Snorkels provide a simple way for you to hunt in shallow areas without having to completely resurface to breathe. This gives you more chance to spot your prey and explore your underwater surroundings. You can dive down still wearing your snorkel and this is a great chance to go spearfishing without having to carry so much equipment.
Types of Snorkel
The type of snorkel you need will depend on the types of diving you will be doing. There are different options available that will be designed for specific uses:
-Basic Snorkel – if you are diving in calm shallow waters and staying close to the surface then a basic snorkel is ideal. These affordable options are versatile and you simply clear the barrel by blowing hard through the mouthpiece section.
-Purge Valves – if you do a lot of free dive spearfishing then you might want to opt for a snorkel with purge valve. These designs ensure the barrel is kept clear of water so you don’t have to manually empty if before you can take a breath. This is also useful if you are diving in rougher conditions.
-Dry Snorkels – if you spend a lot of time diving down under the surface then a dry snorkel can be a good choice. These contain an integrated mechanism that automatically prevents water from entering the barrel of the snorkel. You will be able to breathe freely once near the surface without having to clear the barrel which allows you to keep your concentration on prey. However dry snorkels do contain a pocket of air underwater which makes them slightly buoyant. This means they will bob around a bit when you are underwater.
Factors to Consider
When you are choosing a snorkel you need to think about the fit. You hold the mouthpiece of the snorkel by biting down on it. This can soon get uncomfortable and can lead to soreness and jaw fatigue if you have chosen a snorkel that is the wrong size or has a mouthpiece that is too firm. Silicone mouthpieces can be a good choice if you do suffer from mouth fatigue from snorkels. Silicone is softer and more pliant and can be much more comfortable to wear.
You might also want to consider snorkels with rotating mouthpieces. These are much easier to adjust into a comfortable position and many divers find them more effective at prevent jaw fatigue.