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In Topic: Perfect destination with good underwater conditions

06 February 2016 - 02:40 PM

Tom_Kline - So when you go down for a dive the snorkel fills with water which you then blast out of the tube? Can I get any snorkel or does it have to be some special kind of snorkel? I remember those snorkels we used as kids, they didn't seem advanced in any kind of way. 



Yup, once one returns to the surface one just does a quick exhalation and the water squirts out, much easier to do than write down!

There are a huge number of snorkel models - some have do-dads to make clearing a bit easier. Each of the major scuba manufacturers has a range of models. Here is an example of one from Scubapro:


You can read the description. You will typically be taught how to use a snorkel during the first pool session of a scuba. The instructor might have different models for you to try out or they may require you to buy one first. I would avoid a super cheap one as you may find yourself replacing it it sooner than later.

In Topic: Nikon D5 and D500 Launch Event

03 February 2016 - 04:36 PM

Nice job Adam! Especially your editorial comments about potential housing design issues. I do hope that housings are able to use the joystick - in the case of Seacam Canon housings this is a big plus on the 1Dx housing over the Seacam 1D3 and 4 housings. A VERY useful feature indeed.

Also a big kudos for your reporting of Boot 2016! I ordered a Seaflash 60D as a result! I wanted to see what they looked like first (which you provided).


In Topic: Against all odds

02 February 2016 - 05:13 PM

Thanks for your replies! I live in the arctic, there is no place here to dive, so I can only do it whilst I'm on holidays. I've never done it before because I am terrified of all creatures living in the ocean, literally terrified! I am trying to overcome this fear. I thought I could use my interest in photography as a motive power to overcome this ridiculous and illogical fear so lets see how that goes. 




I live in Alaska and have gone snorkeling above the Arctic circle (during the summer!!!!). I was wearing a drysuit. It is much easier to learn techniques while visiting the tropics and then applying them with extra gear such as drysuits.

In Topic: Perfect destination with good underwater conditions

02 February 2016 - 05:02 PM


I'm sorry for yet another stupid question, but speaking of snorkeling, I've seen people snorkeling submerging completely, how can they breathe?! Sample: http://bit.ly/1o4dQ4K http://bit.ly/1Py1bkQ  (by the way, were these shot with some special gear, or with scuba diving equipment?) When I was a kid and we were snorkeling we certainly weren't submerging the end of the snorkel like that. I always thought you had to keep your snorkel close to the surface? 


Thanks for the help and reality check guys! =) 


Edit: N/M the question. I read it on Wikihow, apparently there's a technique involved in which you forefully blast the water out of the tube once you resurface after having had your snorkel tube submerged. I have to learn how to do that. 



When skin diving one breathes on the surface through a snorkel then one holds ones breath for a dive. I would suggest learning how to do this before taking a scuba class. Even a whimp like me was able to go down to 10 meters or so on one breath and take the snaps mentioned above. I was wearing fins too - mask, fins and snorkel being the basic skin diving outfit.

In Topic: 4k video 1DX II underwater

02 February 2016 - 04:41 PM

Eric Cheng posted something on this shoot on FB. Apparently there were issues with the joystick. I am watching this "space" as well since I have a 1DX housing.