If you are planning on taking up snorkeling as a hobby in the near future, you will need to get yourself kitted out in the latest gear. So, prior to heading to the beach for an action packed weekend of exciting snorkeling action, make sure that you head off to the local snorkeling apparel and equipment store. You may not be fully up to speed on what kind of accessories there are available, so, in this article, we will take a look at some of the essential apparatus that you will need in order to make the most of this exciting and unique pastime, as well as making it more comfortable and fun.
The Essential Items
The snorkel is obviously the most important part of a, scuba divers equipment, and it is where the term ‘snorkeling’ comes from. When the time comes to choose a snorkel tube, you will find that there are two main types to choose from. The J-shaped tube or the flexible tube. As a rule, it is much better to buy a flexible tube rather than a J-shaped tube, as they are easier to use, and although they might cost a bit more, the extra expense is well worth it. Next, comes the mouthpiece, and again there are two main types to choose from, either rubber or silicon. Even though rubber mouthpieces are very proficient, they can add extra pressure onto the jaw line, and they can be uncomfortable to use for lengthier dives, therefore, it is worth investing in a silicon mouthpiece. Also, it is worth investing in a good pair of flippers, which will help to propel you through the water, and again there are a lot to choose from, however, it is worth taking the time to find a pair that are comfortable to wear, even if they cost a little bit more.
Once you have kitted yourself out with the basics, you can move on to buying some accessories, which will hopefully improve your snorkeling experience. There are many different accessories to choose from, however, some are a lot more useful than others. One thing you can do to make your snorkeling trips much more comfortable, is to upgrade your snorkel tube to one that has a purge valve fitted. Without a purge valve, any water that enters the tube will have to be expelled by you, through blowing hard through the tube. With a purge valve fitted, a simple maneuver of the valve will expel the water with minimum effort required on your part.
You can save on snorkel gear by purchasing it online as you will be able to do some product comparisons to find the best deal. This allows you to make the most of the money you have to spend.