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How to Choose the Best Snorkel for Spearfishing

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How to choose the right snorkel - Diversworld Spearfishing Scuba Diving Snorkelling Cairns Australia

J-Valve or Purge Valve? 

Having a simple traditional J tube snorkel is a great choice of type for spearfishing. This is the classic snorkel, a plastic tube with a mouthpiece. It’s simplicity makes it less affected by drag, but not having any valves allows more water to enter the tube plus you’ll have to clear that water upon surfacing with quite a forceful exhale.

A semi-dry snorkel is great in choppy waters and also requires less energy than blowing the water all the way to the top which helps save energy and have better breathing. It is less streamlined though and can fail if sand and dirt get stuck inside and block the airway.

In the video clip below, spearfisherman and freediving instructor Roberto Berto discusses why he uses both a J Valve snorkel and a purge valve snorkel.

Rob compares the Diversworld Flow J-Valve vs the Ocean Pro Typhoon Purge Valve snorkel and also explains why you should never keep your snorkel in your mouth while spearing or freediving.

We hope this helps you in deciding which snorkel works best for you.

Whichever you choose, our shop has plenty of options of all variations in stock, stop by or browse on our website.

If you have any questions, send us a quick message, we’re happy to help.


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