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Choose A Great Snorkel Set For Better Dives

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you had to think of the most common and universal accessory for diving and snorkeling, the snorkel set would probably be your first thought.  This popular combination of water sports accessories can consist of two different things.  Some snorkel sets consist of a dive mask, swim fins, and snorkel, while other snorkel sets are comprised of only a mask and snorkel.

The individual components of a typical snorkel set are very simple, which is why the set itself is usually very affordable.  The snorkel has been around for a long time and is really nothing more than a 16″ breathing tube.  Some companies that make snorkels have tried to jazz up this basic tube by adding a sump to let any water that might have built up in the tube drain.

Another simple component of the snorkel set is the dive mask.  Some dive masks come with a special coating on the optics to prevent glare while others are clear.  There are two basic dive mask configurations.  In the first configuration, the optic is one large piece.  In the second configuration, the optics are two separate pieces, similar to glasses.  Which configuration you decide to go with is ultimately up to you and is a personal choice.  There are no right or wrong choices when it comes to selecting your dive mask.

The last component of the snorkel set is the swim fins.  Remember, not all snorkel sets have swim fins and they are occasionally purchased separately.  The main difference in swim fin designs are that some of these are designed to be very rigid while others are designed to be flexible.  Just like dive masks, which one you go with is totally up to you.

Definitely take the time to shop around before purchasing a snorkel set.  When it comes to scuba diving, get the best gear you can and it will last for many years.

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