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09-19-2007, 12:09
I am an avid snorkler. And I found my throat gets sore with the snorkel I am using. Its like I have to suck really hard ( no pun intended but it is funny) and it takes about 20 minutes for me to adjust my breathing to shallower and more natural.
Now I have been looking at some snorkels, Kapitol reef, Aqualung ultra dry flex, Aeris Cuda and there was another with a cool funky top. I was wondering did anyone have experience with these and if they did which one abse don any expert advice from the owners would be appropriate for this situation.

09-19-2007, 12:33
I bought an Aqualung ultra dry flex snorkel a few months ago and really like mine. I've never experienced any resistance while breathing with it and it really does a good job of keeping the water out.

ScubaToys Larry
09-19-2007, 13:18
If you shout at us, we have a brigade snorkel. That one comes with a dry cap, and if you don't like the dry cap, it also comes with a semi-dry cap. It's easy to swap between the two so you could experiment and see which works best for you... and it's a dry snorkel for under 20 bucks!


The other thing that hits me about the post, is I'm not sure air restriction would make your throat sore - as much as you would just feel tired. Is there a chance that you are also getting a leak in the snorkel you are using that is letting you suck in some salt water spray?? Just a thought!

09-19-2007, 14:34
I'm not a fan of full dry snorkels, but I really like semi-drys.

Two options: #1 my personal recommendation is the Tusa Platina Hyperdry Snorkel (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Platinahyperdry). One of the best, tried and true snorkel designs ever made, yet incorporates all kinds of great little touches. It's my favorite snorkel for snorkeling.

The only other option worth considering seriously, if you're truly having issues with snorkeling with "regular" snorkels for some reason, is the new snorkel design from Kapitol Reef (http://www.kapitolreef.com/), which I guess you have seen. Never tried them, personally, because I just don't snorkel enough to justify that kind of money on a snorkel, when I'm really happy with the several ones I already own.

09-19-2007, 22:51
I have what you could call a "splash guard" on mine, but I would go for one of those pocket snorkels that you can fold up. They adjust to your face nicely, at least I think...

09-21-2007, 08:18
I live in East Tennessee and aside from this weekend( my daughters 19th birthday and we are going to OBX) I don't go in salt water. I snorkel Philly Quarry and Cherokee lake which are both fresh water.
I keep the snorkel clean and take great pains to get the grit from teh Lake out of every nook and cranny.
The snorkel I am using the seabreeze dry by US Divers. It came with a set. And i am not getting resistance, just i am constantly breathing hard with it , like i cant get air through it. Hence teh sore throat. Like sucking on straw to get the last drop.
When i talked wiht apulmonist he suggested a wider bore and defiante a flexible area to reduce fighting for mouth placement.
any suggestions?

ScubaToys Larry
09-21-2007, 08:27
Well, then I'd agree with CompuDude and vote for the Tusa http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Platinahyperdry It has a great mouthpiece, the snorkel is made of polyurethane so you can bend it up without hurting it, and it is a great breather!

09-21-2007, 08:31
I'll lend my voice towoard the Tusa as well. I've been snorkeling with this for some time, and all the hype on the ad is true.

WV Diver
09-21-2007, 08:39
Well, then I'd agree with CompuDude and vote for the Tusa http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Platinahyperdry It has a great mouthpiece, the snorkel is made of polyurethane so you can bend it up without hurting it, and it is a great breather!
For what it's worth, I also use this snorkel and have for years. It is worth the bucks for me. I dive and snorkel alot and it is extremely easy to clear, durable and I love the two position keeper and the quick release system. I wouldn't have anything else.

09-22-2007, 05:22
I'm using the Oceanic Ultradry and the only thing I don't like about it is the hinge which goes onto my mask strap. I personally feel that Oceanic should consider widening the hinge for thicker mask straps. The minute I try to swivel my snorkel for a proper fit, the hinge just slides off my mask strap.

09-26-2007, 07:01
For SNORKELLING, I have an Ocean Master which is a huge hunk of plastic that will pi$$ you off hangin on your mask while diving, but I woudl never go snorkeling without it!

No Misses
09-26-2007, 07:55
I use the Tusa. I have tried other snorkles and I like this one the best.

As for trouble breathing; I find that if I am not horizontal with the surface \ instead of _ I find it harder to breath. This is due to the increased water pressure 2' below the surface. Could this be your issue? Try putting your head lower and swimming with your body just below the surface. If you are holding your head too high, this will force you into a \ (feet down)position. You should also be breathing deeply. I forget the term for this. But, your throat and snorkle are "dead air" spaces. When you breath out "CO2" you do not get all of the air out. Then when you breath in, you are re-breathing the CO2 that is in your throat and snorkle. By breathing deeply, you exchange more air with the outside world.

I hope this helps. Let us know how it all works out for you.

PADI Scuba Instructor
10-03-2007, 17:18
Nitrogen makes you happy

My wife and I recently acquired the Kapitol Reef snorkels and took them on a snorkel trip to swim with the Whale Sharkes off Mexico's Cancun peninsula ...

They worked great, and those 40 sharks look like they are moving slow, but once you start to swim next to them you soon realize that you need all of the air you can get!

I can say that we enjoyed this adventure and the new Kapitol Reef snorkels made it a lot easier to keep up with these wonders!

PADI Scuba Instructor

10-03-2007, 17:37
hmm i always felt bad selling dry snorkles to people at work... so expensive for WHAT? sure, you can go snorkeling in 8-10 foot seas :) so? semi drys are fine. go with a flex, more comfortable (even if you are a diver who carries a snorkle on them at all times, will fall out of way). anyway, make sure its nice and big... i dont know tho, i rarely use a snorkle cuz i refuse to snorkle when i can dive!

10-03-2007, 20:58
another vote for the Tusa Hyperdry. Works very well without being too bulky. I don't take it diving anymore 'cause I don't have a good place to put it, but I always use it when I'm snorkeling.

10-06-2007, 19:58
ell i found out what a fe of my problems are. Gastric erosion isone part. GERD has caused some severe open trachia sores. Soesophageal ersion willcause a problem.
Another is I have some ruptured aveoli from hiking in the rockies. these dont heal like that darn doctor said they would. POssibly because I am diabetic. And that is the third problem with the erosion not healing.

My angles and pulmonary profusion are really good according to the specialist who is also my trainer for dive medic. So it boils down to a wound problem. Nowmy only choice is what do I want!
I am glad thats someone had a great experience with 'the
Kapitol Reef. I have that on my Hannukah wish list as another to have in my colleion.
But now teh quation is which one do I want now! off to shop