You take a couple of trips a year to somewhere warm and tropical to unwind and get some snorkeling in, in fact you finally broke down and got your own snorkeling gear to make sure you can head in the water whenever you like. Now you need to keep your gear in good shape, so you can enjoy your next trip. Don’t worry your gear only needs a little love and it isn’t that hard. If you look after it your snorkeling gear can last for years, so let’s have a look at what it takes to keep your gear in perfect condition.
If you have the basic snorkeling gear, mask, fins and breathing tube it super easy to maintain them. It is pretty much maintenance free and you can do it on the beach in most cases. If you have been snorkeling in salt water or the kids have been playing with it in a heavily chlorinated swimming pool then all you need to do is rinse it out with some fresh water. You want to remove the salt or chlorine and dry it off. When you get home store it in a cool and dry place away from the sun and it is good to go for the next trip.
More Sophisticated Gear
If you are really an avid snorkeler and have invested in some more sophisticated gear such as the semi-dry and dry snorkels with purge valves then you definitely want to make sure that you get rid of all the chlorine and salt from the valves. After you have rinsed your gear then you want to take a closer look at the valves. The valves have tiny membranes can develop holes or tears and that can make your snorkel leak. Some models will sell replacement valves but most do not, that is why you need to look after them.
There are bite tabs in the mouthpiece that help you hold it in place while it is in your mouth. These tabs can break off after some use, but they are also easily replaceable. Most models of snorkels have replacement mouthpieces on the market and it is really easy to replace them once they have been worn down. The snorkel keeper is another part that can wear out with use, it connects the snorkel to your mask. Most often they just slide out and get lost in travels but they are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace.
This is pretty much all you need to do to keep your snorkel gear working in tip top shape, now go have some fun.