Whether you're using a snorkel for snorkeling purposes or as part of your dive kit, a good quality snorkel can be the difference between a good time on the water and a bad time. Nobody wants to keep having to clear their snorkel every few minutes because it leaks. When shopping for a snorkel, consider whether you want a dry, semi-dry or purge snorkel.
Oceanic Ultra Dry Snorkel
The Oceanic Ultra Dry snorkel is precisely what the name suggests: a snorkel that is 100% dry. The snorkel works via a self-regulating valve that is able to sense the difference in weight between water and air. When the snorkel gets submerged, the top automatically shuts off, not allowing any water in. It then opens up again when the snorkel reaches the surface. So confident is Oceanic with this snorkel that the company even offers a full refund if you ever do get water in your snorkel.
XS Scuba Bypass Elite Semi-Dry Snorkel
The Bypass Elite is a semi-dry snorkel made by XS Scuba. It prevents water from entering the snorkel through its streamlined semi-dry top, which sits over the top of the snorkel. In addition, for any water that does get into the snorkel, it also has a one-way, self-draining purge valve, making it easy to clear your snorkel when switching between a snorkel and a regulator. This snorkel, which performs great under most conditions and prices around $30, proves that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality snorkel.
Genesis Surf Snorkel
The Surf snorkel by Genesis is an excellent purge snorkel. The unique shape of the snorkel tube, with its contoured barrel and tapered end, makes it much more difficult for water to get in if you are hit by a wave whilst snorkeling or diving. In addition, it has a one-way purge valve so you can easily clear your snorkel of any water that does make it in. The Surf snorkel is another basic model that is an excellent buy at under $30 and handles well under choppy conditions.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.