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Your Scuba Gear

Danangscuba_Mask

A mask is one of the most important, and personal, pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. More...

Danangscuba_Snorkel

A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. More...

Danangscuba_Fins

There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. More...

Danangscuba_BCD

Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD). More...

Danangscuba_Weight_System

Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. More...

Danangscuba_REGULATOR

If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe. More...

Danangscuba_SPG

Your SPG displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. More...

Danangscuba_divecomputer

You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch, but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. More...

Danangscuba_Dive_Watch

In the 1970s and 1980s, divers wore dive watches because it was the standard way to track bottom time while scuba diving. More...

Danangscuab_Dive_Knife

A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. More...

Danangscuba_Lights

It’s obvious that a dive light is necessary to scuba dive at night to help you navigate, see your gauges, and observe interesting aquatic life. More...

Danangscuba_Bag

Whether you’re driving to your local dive site or getting on a plane headed for the tropics, a sturdy gear bag will help you organize, protect and carry your scuba diving equipment. More...

Danangscuba_Suits (1)

It’s called exposure protection because while scuba diving you’re not only exposed to water’s cooling ability but also to things that can scrape, cut or sting. More...

Scubadanang_Photography

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. More...

Danangscuba_accessories

An accessory is defined as an item that can be added to something else to in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. More...

Danangscuba_Float

A dive flag indicates that scuba divers are nearby. In some areas, flying a dive flag while scuba diving is required by law, but in general it’s a good idea for safety reasons. More...

Danangscuba_Signaling

In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. More...

Danangscuba_Tanks

High-pressure cylinders are relatively small, yet very strong containers that hold large volumes of compressed gas. More...

Danang_Sidemount_Gear

Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. More...

Danangscuba_Snorkel

Snorkel

A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. Whether you use your snorkel a lot while exploring the local dive site between scuba dives, or just occasionally to swim back to the boat after surfacing, you’ll appreciate that it makes your surface time easier. Visit or ask Da Nang Scuba's experts to get advice about to check out different snorkels.

Standard Snorkel Features

  • Comfortable mouthpiece, that fits you – not too small or big.
  • Plastic tube with the proper diameter, length and shape to extend above your head and with smooth, rounded bends to avoid breathing resistance.
  • Attachment system to your mask strap that’s adjustable for comfort.

Optional and Desirable Features

  • Self-draining (purge) valve below the mouthpiece that assists in clearing water from the snorkel.
  • Flexible corrugated bottom portion or a swivel that allows the snorkel mouthpiece to swing out of your way when using a scuba regulator.
  • Water-exclusion devices – slits, vents, covers and angles – that reduce the amount of water entering the snorkel from the top in choppy surface conditions.
  • Water-blocking devices that close off the snorkel when you dive down
  • Folding or collapsing snorkels become compact enough to fit in your BCD or wetsuit pocket. Technical divers often carry these snorkels for emergency use.
  • A quick-connect attachment allows you to easily attach and detach your snorkel from your mask strap.

How to Choose Your Snorkel

  1. Start by placing the snorkel in your mouth with the snorkel barrel against your left ear.
  2. Evaluate how the mouthpiece feels – comfortable bite with relaxed jaw, lips seal against it without effort, no sharp edges against your gums, sits straight in your mouth.
  3. Attach the snorkel to your mask. Put the mask on and then try the snorkel in your mouth. Adjust the snorkel angle and attachment as necessary for a comfortable fit.
  4. Try several snorkels and make the final decision based on color, optional features and personal preference. Remember that fit and comfort are most important.

Take Care of Your Snorkel

You should know how to attach your snorkel to your mask – how the clip, slot or snorkel keeper works so you can put it together at the dive site, if necessary.
Along with your mask, rinse your snorkel in fresh water after each use and store it in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Store it away from neoprene rubber to prevent staining of the silicone parts.

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