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Take your new snorkel maskand apply a small amount of mild dish soap or toothpaste on the inside of your mask lens before your first use then rinse thoroughly with fresh water. This will remove any manufacturing compound that may case the mask to fog up.
Attach the snorkel keeper, the plastic clip on the snorkel, mid-way down the snorkel tube. The snorkel keeper should be positioned on the outside of the mask strap and the left side of the mask (left side when you mask is on your face).
Pull the inserts out of the Snorkel fin's foot pocket.
Tips for Snorkel mask usage
You should put some drops of anti-fog solution on the inside of the mask if you have not recently cleaned your mask. If anti-fog solution is unavailable, spit on the inside of the lens and spread it evenly across the glass. Rinse your mask thoroughly when you are finished. This process helps prevent fogging.
Putting on your snorkel
The snorkel keeper slides up and down on the tube. Adjust the snorkel on the keeper until the mouthpiece fits comfortably inside your mouth.
The placement of the snorkel should rest in front of your ear on the left side of your head.
Putting on your Snorkel fin's
Care and maintenance of your snorkelling equipment
Using Your Snorkelling Equipment
Entering the water
When you dive underwater, your snorkel will fill up with water. This is normal.
To remove excess water when you are at the surface, use the “blast” method by exhaling forcefully into the mouthpiece.
This will expel water through the tube and purge. The purge is a one-way valve located at the bottom of the mouthpiece housing.When faced with a flooded snorkel and empty lungs it is best to remain calm and use minimal energy to solve the problem using the breath method. Instead of going vertical and raising your head out of the water, remain horizontal with your face downward. Using your left hand, grasp the snorkel tube at the bend and in a continuous motion turn your head sharply and remove the snorkel from your lips. This clears your mouth at the surface, allowing you to take another breath so that you can use the blast method to clear snorkel.
Kicking Your Fins
Additional Gear - Flotation device or Snorkel Vests
We recommend that you have some type of flotation device with you in an open water situation. This is especially helpful if you are a long way from shore. We suggest an inner tube, surf mat, or similar inflatable device that is recognizable for boaters. Some states require you to use a flag to alert boaters.
U.S. Divers also manufacturers an inflatable flotation snorkelling vest that gives you added buoyancy. Another option to add buoyancy is the U.S. Divers neoprene wetsuits in either “shorty” styles or full suits. These add additional flotation.