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taking my breathing out of the equation aka love my snorkle

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by , February 5th, 2013 at 08:47 AM (2028 Views)
Since my neck on the left side seems to be as actively a problem as my left shoulder I decided to take it out of the equation by using my snorkle more. Also when I use the snorkle I find my legs(that I normally drag) seem to magically start kicking.

I do have to say that my left shoulder was not that bad on the fly today, infact it felt fairly good again. Every since popped it in bed rolling over last night it actually felt better. As I write this the left shoulder is starting to hurt some, but I didn't feel like I really pushed on anything today. Time for Ibuprophen and some Arnica Gel.

500 free
500 free kick w/zoomers

8x25 fly scull drill w/snorkle & zoomers
8x25 fly 2 scull then stroke w/zoomers
200 fly kick on back w/zoomers
8x25@:45 fly w/kickboard instead of bouy
4x50 from blocks work the breakout 2 fly, 1 br, 1 fr

5x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles, bouy & snorkle held 1:30's
3x100@1:45 free w/snorkle held 1:35's
200 Free EZ

Total 3000 yards

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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I too love my snorkel. In my case it's new to my swim bag. I have not noticed my kick change but do feel I concentrate on both the catch and pull phase much more. Do you use a nose clip? I found this helped big time on my turns.
  2. Donna's Avatar
    yes I use a nose clip. I like doing flip turns and that is the only way to do them with the snorkle, aleast for me.
  3. rxleakem's Avatar
    It took me a while to figure out how to do flip turns with snorkel and no nose clip, but can now do it well.

    I took advice from one of Ande's threads and now do the majority of my kicking with the snorkel and kickboard; it seems to simulate higher body position (like in a race with my Yingfa suit on) and helps me to tweak my kick ever so slightly to be more powerful and efficient as opposed to plain old kicking with the board.
  4. fdtotten's Avatar
    I am glad that you find the snorkel helpful for you, and hope that will continue.

    I got a snorkel about a six months ago where over time I was able to do flip turns with the snorkel and then swim the main sets using a snorkel with hard effort. It really does help to sustain quality body position, front end stroke execution, and strong kicking. In addition I find the snorkel very useful for swimming the breast and fly for kicking, drills, sculling, and the full strokes. In butterfly, after some practice I was able to do the fly with two kick body undulation without submerging the snorkel.

    Now my snorkel leaks somewhat at the very bottom below the mouthpiece, as I cannot determine a simple fix, I will order a new one soon. It gets tiresome to have it slowly fill up with water interfering with breathing, and then have empty out every 200-300 yards.
  5. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fdtotten
    Now my snorkel leaks somewhat at the very bottom below the mouthpiece, as I cannot determine a simple fix
    Have you tried wrapping it with teflon tape?

    That stinks that it developed a leak so quickly. I've had mine for at least five years and it's still going strong.
  6. fdtotten's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Have you tried wrapping it with teflon tape?

    That stinks that it developed a leak so quickly. I've had mine for at least five years and it's still going strong.
    Thanks, I will give that a try. Five years - that is terrific! Good job taking care of it.

    Sometimes when I take that black stopper piece out and refit it back in, it is good for awhile, but the leaking slowly rebuilds. I was thinking perhaps there is a higher Finis snorkel model that is of better quality. I thought this one the better all-around snorkel, and at first it worked very well, and then by the time I can really use it, I get the leaking problem.
  7. jbs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fdtotten
    Thanks, I will give that a try. Five years - that is terrific! Good job taking care of it.

    Sometimes when I take that black stopper piece out and refit it back in, it is good for awhile, but the leaking slowly rebuilds. I was thinking perhaps there is a higher Finis snorkel model that is of better quality. I thought this one the better all-around snorkel, and at first it worked very well, and then by the time I can really use it, I get the leaking problem.
    It's possible that the purge valve (the black stopper piece) has gone. You can get replacements for that:
    http://www.finisinc.com/equipment/te...lve-black.html
  8. Donna's Avatar
    I moved to the Y-lon snorkle because it doesn't have the valve the Finis snorkle does. I had the same leakage problem on the Finis.

    But even now my Y-lon snorkle leaks some. sometimes I'll use gorilla tape to keep the mouth piece from leaking or I will tie something around the mouth piece to make it fit tighter to the body of the snorkle.
  9. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fdtotten
    Sometimes when I take that black stopper piece out and refit it back in, it is good for awhile, but the leaking slowly rebuilds.
    I didn't know there was a "black stopper piece" that was removable. Maybe that's why I've had good luck with mine all these years!
  10. fdtotten's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    I didn't know there was a "black stopper piece" that was removable. Maybe that's why I've had good luck with mine all these years!
    Quote Originally Posted by Donna
    I moved to the Y-lon snorkle because it doesn't have the valve the Finis snorkle does. I had the same leakage problem on the Finis. But even now my Y-lon snorkle leaks some. sometimes I'll use gorilla tape to keep the mouth piece from leaking or I will tie something around the mouth piece to make it fit tighter to the body of the snorkle.
    Quote Originally Posted by jbs
    It's possible that the purge valve (the black stopper piece) has gone. You can get replacements for that:
    http://www.finisinc.com/equipment/te...lve-black.html
    I want to thank you for this discussion and help. I ordered a new purge valve ($2) and also a new headpiece, $12 (since that was broken as well) and now my finis snorkel is performing well again. Still learning how to do a long underwater streamline from the freestyle flip turn off the walls at sub 30 pace without pushing the snorkel out of place, but otherwise all is good at the moment.