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Looking for a good snorkel that works well for most things? Then you've landed on the right page. In this category you'll find a wide range of semi-dry snorkels suitable for both the beginner and the more experienced snorkeller. We ...
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Semi-dry snorkel

Looking for a good snorkel that works well for most things? Then you've landed on the right page. In this category you'll find a wide range of semi-dry snorkels suitable for both the beginner and the more experienced snorkeller. We know how important it is to have a good snorkel to get the most out of life underwater.

That's why you will only find high-quality semi-dry snorkels, as we believe the most important thing is to choose a semi-dry top snorkel that you can trust 100%. It's all about feeling safe when you're out snorkelling. So take a look around the site and find the semi-dry top snorkel you need.

What is a semi-dry snorkel?

A semi-dry snorkel is also called a semi-dry top snorkel for the simple reason that they come with a modified top piece to keep water out of the tube. The reason they are called semi-dry is because they are not completely waterproof, which means they will fill with water as soon as they get below the surface of the water. If you're looking for a snorkel that doesn't fill with water when you dive, you need a full-dry snorkel.

The great thing about a semi-dry top snorkel is that they have a splashguard at the top that directs water away from the tube when you're at the surface. This ensures that no water runs down the tube as long as the top is above the water surface.

This makes them far more comfortable than a traditional J-shaped snorkel, which has no protective mechanisms. Instead, they have an open tube, which means you have to constantly keep an eye out for waves or whether the tube is positioned just right so that it sticks straight up.

All these worries are eliminated with the semi-dry snorkel, which effectively protects against waves and splashing. You don't have to worry about that part, so you can better enjoy life under the surface of the sea.

What to look out for when using a semi-dry snorkel

As water can still enter a semi-dry snorkel, you should therefore be aware that the tube will fill with water when it goes below the surface. Therefore, you need to be able to empty the tube of water as soon as you return to the surface. Fortunately, this is quite easy, as a semi-dry top snorkel usually comes with a bottom valve that you can easily blow the water out of. It takes a little practice, but it quickly becomes a habit.

Filling the tube with water is far from a bad thing. Unlike a full-dry snorkel, a semi-dry snorkel will not have natural buoyancy as the tube fills with water when you dive. A full-dry completely seals off the water and traps air in the tube, creating buoyancy. This can pull on your diving goggles or diving mask and water can get in. And that's always annoying.

That's why many snorkellers and divers choose to use a semi-dry snorkel, as it provides greater comfort when moving underwater. Therefore, in short, it can also be said that:

  • A full-dry snorkel is best for those who prefer to lie on the surface of the water all the time.
  • A semi-dry snorkel is best for those who like to dive below the water's surface every once in a while to check things out.

And as a semi-dry snorkel also works well at the water's surface in relatively calm water, it's a great all-round snorkel for most people.

As a final remark - when using a semi-dry top snorkel - you should take slow, deep breaths to make sure you get all the air out of the tube. Otherwise, you risk taking in more exhaled air than fresh air during your next breath. This will eventually make you tired and dizzy. This advice applies to all snorkellers and especially to kids.

Equipment is needed!

A semi-dry snorkel isn't much use without other equipment. Firstly, you'll need a pair of diving goggles or a diving mask to attach it to. There are many to choose from, but we recommend choosing a pair of goggles or a diving mask with a good, stable strap that stays firmly in place. This will prevent them from coming loose if a sudden movement or wave pulls on your semi-dry snorkel.

While these are the only two things you really need for snorkelling, you can enhance the whole experience with different equipment - and even your safety.

With a pair of swim or diving fins, you can move through the water more easily and even save energy. This applies both in and under the water. This means you'll be able to explore much more every time you dive.

If you are going on a longer snorkelling trip in water that is not above 20 degrees, we would definitely recommend wearing a wetsuit. Here, it's most necessary to find a wetsuit that can help you stay warm. If you're in areas where there are also SUP boards, kayaks or boats, we would also recommend that you wear a snorkelling vest. It will make you visible in the water and can also help you with buoyancy if needed.

Take good care of your semi-dry snorkel

It is important to rinse your semi-dry top snorkel in fresh water after each use. Chlorine and salt water will eventually soften the materials a semi-dry snorkel is made of, and seawater can cause algae to build up, which can be toxic to breathe. If the materials soften enough, you will eventually risk your semi-dry snorkel leaking or the mouthpiece becoming uncomfortable to hold in your mouth.

After rinsing your semi-dry snorkel thoroughly in fresh water, it's important to make sure it's completely dry before storing it. Otherwise, you risk mould and fungus developing in the tube or mouthpiece. Not very pleasant to get in your mouth the next time you're in the water.

A semi-dry snorkel can air dry - just not in sunlight - but we recommend drying with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.

Buy your semi-dry snorkel here at Watery.ie

We've chosen to have a wide range of semi-dry snorkels to make sure we can cater for every need. That's why we're pretty sure you'll find what you're looking for on this page.

If you have any questions or need advice and guidance, our customer service is ready to help you. Together we'll find what you're looking for. In addition, you also get:

  • Free shipping on orders over €79
  • 3-5 days delivery
  • Our customer service is ready all weekdays from 8 AM to 10 PM.
So take a look around the site and find the semi-dry snorkel you're looking for.

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