Freedivers spend a great deal of time breathing through snorkels while preparing to dive or watching their buddies so snorkels are an important piece of gear. Freediving snorkels should have the following attributes:
- Mouthpiece fit: The mouthpiece should be comfortable and fit the diver's mouth well.
- Rigid: The snorkel should be rigid.
- Purge valve optional: The advantage of choosing a snorkel with no purge valve is that water is less likely to enter the snorkel from the valve during deep breathing.
- Float: Freedivers sometimes attach a small float to the snorkel to avoid loosing it on the surface.
Tip: Remember to remove the snorkel from your mouth during the dive so you'll be able to inhale when you reach the surface!