What is the best snorkel design for freediving?
Unlike recreational snorkelling where the comfort of an easy to clear or dry snorkel is paramount, freediving has different criteria. While performing dives a freediver drops the snorkel from his mouth, giving another barrier to the possible water penetration to the lungs. This is a safety point and is stressed in all freediving courses. A snorkel with a large splash guard on top or purge at the bottom will catch a lot of water, reducing the freediver’s streamling. Such a snorkel will also be an annoying distraction during ascent or descent, by moving back and forth as it catches the water. A freediver usually chooses a snorkel that is a basic tube with a mouthpiece.