A diver mostly uses a snorkel to conserve air in their tank when they are at the water’s surface. You don’t need to spend a lot on one if you are not planning to do much snorkeling. A basic snorkel will work just fine and you can spend the extra money on other scuba gear.
There a few features to keep in mind when choosing a snorkel. First, make sure the snorkel fits comfortably in your mouth and is easy to breathe through. Next, you want a snorkel that breathes dry but is not too big and bulky. If the snorkel is too large, it will create more drag under water. Finally, make sure the attachment to the mask is durable and easy to operate.
Below are some affordable snorkels that you may wish to try:
Spend some time researching and trying out different fins. If you get the wrong kind for your diving style, you will consume more air, exert more energy, and decrease the enjoyment of the dive. Divers with the wrong fins can also experience difficulty maintaining the correct bouyancy, have muscle fatigue and cramping, or may damage fragile coral or create a silt storm at the dive site.
Avoid the fancy, flimsey plastic or rubber fins. They are usually too flexible and inefficient. Look for fins with a stiff blade for greater water movement. The water should be pushed off the end of the blade of the fin during a kick while the rest of the fin remains rigid so that the water will roll off the end of the blade, displacing more water.
The two basic styles of fins are full-foot and open heel fins. Full-foot fins fitlike a shoe and are usually warn for warm water dives because you do not wear booties with them. They are not appropriate for shore dives or colder temperature water. If you choose full-foot fins, make sure you can wiggle your toes and they are not too tight in the arch or toes.
Open heel fins tend to be more comfortable for longer dives, can be adjusted for different sizes of feet, offer foot protection from the dive booties worn with them, and are preferable for shore dives because you can walk out in your dive booties and put your fins on once you are in the water. They are also easier to get on and off than the full-foot fins. You will need to purchase dive booties to wear with the open heel fins.
Below are some examples of fins we like:
Buckles and straps
It is important to purchase fins with good strap or buckle assemblies. Look for quality materials and easy adjustment.
You do not want fins with plastic buckles and plastic buckle posts because they are often made of a breakable plastic material, can loosen over time, and the loose straps can sometimes get entangled. Some types of buckles have a quick release so you can adjust the fit once and then never have to change them and are easier to put on while in the water than most full foot or basic strap fins.
I prefer fins with spring heel straps which are made of durable stainless steel springs and posts. The stainless heel strap will tighten up as the dive booties compress with pressure from descending to depth and loosen as the booties expand back to normal size upon ascending for a secure fin fit. You can replace the straps that came with you fins for the spring heel straps but you will need to take your fins and booties in to the dive shop to get the right size since they are not adjustable.