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    How Important are Snorkels?

    I am looking at getting a snorkel and I saw that Oceanic has a pocket snorkel that you can keep in your BC pocket. It is only a little less than their top of the line, ultra dry snorkel. My question is how important is it to have a snorkel? I really do not like them as they are in the way and bothersome. Do dive charters require that everyone have a snorkel? In my OW training they made us use the snorkel for some excersises but I do not see a time when I really need one. Just wanted to see what the more experienced divers had to say on this topic.

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    Some divers continue to wear snorkels after OW, some keep them stashed someplace on them while diving, and some don't dive with them at all. It really depends on your diving conditions and personal preference. I've never seen a charter require one. If you'd like to have a snorkel while diving but not wear it I think pocket type snorkels are a great solution for some.

    Folding or rollup snorkels tend not to be quite as nice to use if you are going to do a lot of actual snorkeling with them. (And anything labeled Ultra Dry tends to be hard to stow and probably not something you want hanging on your mask while you're diving.) I will say, I have tried several of them (though not the Oceanic) and some sucked so look for reviews of the one you are interested in. I've settled on one like this though it's a different brand.
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    snorkels are completely unimportant, until you need it.... like in heavy surf or +3ft swells... keep it stashed with you, you will thank yourself in the AM.

    ~Recon

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    don't wear them. just keep one in your dive bag tho.

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    Some people look at them like a security blanket and don't like to dive without them. That's perfectly fine.

    Others hate them with a passion.

    I see a place for them, but for me, that place is either an emergency or in a class... or for snorkeling. A pocket snorkel is a great compromise.

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    Unless I am snorkeling, I do not carry one.
    In fact, I can't remember where mine is.
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    I fully agree
    it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recon View Post
    snorkels are completely unimportant, until you need it.... like in heavy surf or +3ft swells... keep it stashed with you, you will thank yourself in the AM.

    ~Recon

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    I have a snorkel that stays in my dive bag in the unlikely event that a charter will require one. The only charter I can recall that required a snorkel was Conch Republic in Islamorada in the Florida keys. But once on board, the dive master didn't care, and neither did the captain.

    On a trip to the Bahamas, there were places to snorkel, and since you can't take lobsters with scuba over there, one might come in handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSea View Post
    I have a snorkel that stays in my dive bag in the unlikely event that a charter will require one. The only charter I can recall that required a snorkel was Conch Republic in Islamorada in the Florida keys. But once on board, the dive master didn't care, and neither did the captain.

    On a trip to the Bahamas, there were places to snorkel, and since you can't take lobsters with scuba over there, one might come in handy.
    +1

    Even though I do not use one (unless a particular dive would require it) I have seemed to accumulate quite a few of them. Now that I think about it, "Where the H did all of this crap come from?", I could buy a new strobe for my camera for what I have paid for all of the scuba nick-knacks I have laying around.
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