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    Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel first?

    Just bought a freestyle snorkel. Not going well. Longest I've gone without sucking water is about 10 yards. Usually, it's about five. I'm just doing the most basic exercise with it: lying facedown in fins and kicking.

    Should I buy a more forgiving snorkel as a stepping-stone, or should I, forgive the pun, just suck it up?

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    I mean, obvious question, but... are you sure you have it on right?
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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    There was another whole thread recently about the snorkel. Check it out.
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...hlight=snorkel
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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    It does take time and yards to get used to NOT turning your head so as to keep water out.

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    Quote Originally Posted by goatboy View Post
    Should I buy a more forgiving snorkel as a stepping-stone, or should I, forgive the pun, just suck it up?
    Just suck it up. Yes, there's a learning curve, but you'll get used to it. Just don't give up on it!

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    Maybe your head position is too low, or too high depending on the angle of the snorkel. My snorkel gives instant feedback (water in the tube) when my head position is too low, which is my natural inclination.

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    The freestyle snorkel bites. Just get the regular FINIS swim snorkel - https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/finis-s...-snorkel-1221/

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    Advantage of freestyle snorkel, easier flip turns, disadvantage, it is a better straw than a snorkel. Get the regular one as own said.
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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb View Post
    The freestyle snorkel bites. Just get the regular FINIS swim snorkel - https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/finis-s...-snorkel-1221/
    I missed the part about the freestyle snorkel. I haven't used it but have never heard anything good about it. When the OP mentioned trying a different snorkel I thought he meant a side-mount and that would definitely be no good.

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    Re: Freestyle snorkel is a harsh mistress.Regular snorkel fi

    I had never heard of one, but now that I look at them, I like it. IMHO, you could benefit from one, but it is only half the equation. Get a tennis ball, and hold it against your chest with your chin. That'll keep your head down, and probably keep water out of the snorkel. That should get your head positioning correct.

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