Posted 17 April 2008 - 03:34 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 05:36 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 05:54 PM
You might also check out good clear goggles (and no snorkel) as an absolute entry point. Snorkels can be a bit weird to get used to, and masks leak unless they fit right. Get a good clear $10 pair of goggles, and you'll get hooked. Then you'll always have them as a back-up if you just want to stick your head underwater and see what's going on.
Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:11 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:15 PM
Yeah, absolutely agree. But a cheap snorkel/mask *might* work fine. And goggles are a lot easier to carry in a bag if all you want to do is stick your head underwater once in a while. If you get hooked and want to keep doing it, get the real stuff.
Snorkels might be a bit wierd to get used to but have you ever tried to snorkel in current actively following fish while having to hold your breath for short periods of time? You will be exhausted in 15 minutes. Snorkel mouthpieces can be custom fit or you can put your mouth piece in hot water and put it in your mouth (the same way you fit athletic mouthpieces). If you plan on any long day floats you don't want water in your eyes, a foggy mask, and to be gagging on water.
Posted 18 April 2008 - 12:12 AM
Most of us are already into native fish enough to spend $$$ on tanks and lighting and pumps and filters and nets and the gas to drive out to your local creek. I would be very surprised if the experience of getting swarmed by a spawning ball of shiners, watching logperch roll rocks, caddisfly larvae creeping across the rocks, or a rock bass stalk and pounce on a crayfish didn't get almost anyone hooked.
Having the right equipment makes it a lot more enjoyable.
Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:12 AM
Let me put it this way -- *I* started with cheap gear, and it worked out just fine for me. I'm also going to continue to keep a pair of goggles with me for quick dips of the head. Your mileage may vary. If in doubt, trust the guy who does this for a living (Dave).
Edited by jase, 18 April 2008 - 02:16 AM.
Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:22 AM
There's a lot of fancy-scmancy snorkels on the market, but I have yet to try a "dry" snorkel (or mask!) that works as advertised -- I prefer a simple, moderately large bore snorkel without purge valves.
I'm surprised you've had such bad luck with the dry snorkels. I'm an avid scuba diver, and frequently snorkel out to dive sites to save air. That is about the extent of my snorkeling experience though. I have an Impulse snorkel by U.S. Divers. It is a dry snorkel and has worked great for almost 10 years now. I don't have very much experience using it in strong current though. Maybe the valve doesn't work as well in that type of situation.
I would agree that you definitely want a mask that fits well. One that doesn't will give you problems. Keeping it simple is probably the best way to go. I was actually advised against buying one of the high visibility / large lens type masks by the folks at a dive shop I go to. Was told they are more likely to leak and harder to clear as you need more air to fill them. They said you really need a certain shape to your face to wear one of those successfully. I tend to believe them as they had just talked themselves out of about a $150 sale for such a mask with prescription lenses.
That brings to mind another thing to consider, if you wear glasses you may want to spend the money on prescription lenses. Especially if your vision is as bad as mine. I know people who just go with disposable contacts too though. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
I'd suggest getting a good thick wetsuit too. I'm confident that you'll get hooked on snorkeling and will not want to limit yourself to warm water. Remember if you get too warm you can always unzip the suit a little and let some water in to cool off.
Posted 18 April 2008 - 11:53 AM
You don't want to skimp on a mask and snorkle and there really isn't any reason to because the good stuff is not that expensive. Nothing is more annoying than a leaky mask. Go to a dive shop and try out a few masks. You don't need bells and whistles, just a snug fitting mask that doesn't obscure your vision and provides access to pinch your nose to clear your ears.
Choose a simple snorkle with streamline shape. The current rips at your snorkle more than any of your other equipment. I like a snorkle with high vis color on the end, but that's cause I tend to snorkle in places I really shouldn't.
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