How to choose your snorkeling vest?

For snorkeling vest many are not found but the snorkel jacket can undoubtedly increase the fun of snorkelling. The vest can be inflated with the mouth through a special inflatable tube (same as the life jacket). This way buoyancy can be regulated. With this, you can float better so you can rest easier and therefore you can snorkel for a longer time. Most snorkeling vest is made of nylon. The most expensive types have lyrca or neoprene elements that increase comfort and also help keep you warmer. Some vests have good options such as pockets (water resistant and sometimes with closure), rings (D-rings) to hang things or a whistle. The price of a snorkel jacket varies between 15 to 75 euros.

Types of snorkeling vest

Actually, there are two types of snorkel vests. The first type is actually an oval-shaped life jacket and is placed on top of the head (left in the photo). It is adjusted from the upper part of the body with one or more adjustable laces and buckles (at the waist and sometimes also between the legs). Next, you have to inflate the vest and fill it around. The second type of vest is more a jacket (right in the photo). The air chambers are only in the front of the vest. It closes with a zipper and possibly with a waistband.

You can buy a brand of rrtizan for 18.95 euro. It has two adjustable back straps and is easy to inflate by mouth. A good alternative, but more expensive, is the Tusa snorkel jacket. Keep in mind that a snorkel jacket is not a life jacket; therefore, it should not be used as such! Do not confuse a snorkel vest with a diving vest, this is for diving. Are you thinking about buying a snorkeling vest but do not know what the best option for you is? Do you know what type of snorkeling vest and essential requirements that you must have?

The snorkeling vest is a very important part of your diving equipment to ensure optimal and safe dives, as it will allow you to regulate your buoyancy. In addition, it also serves as a harness that holds the bottle and the attached components that allow you to breathe through it. Therefore, it is important to choose the type and model that best suits your needs and style of diving. And that is not synonymous with having to leave one kidney and part of the other to buy the most expensive BCD on the market. Simply, know how to choose the correct option. Then, we give you a practical guide with the key points you should take into account to buy the appropriate diving vest.

Snorkeling vest manufacturing material

Currently, the most commonly used materials to manufacture vests are two synthetic fabrics:

Nylon: for its characteristics, these vests are ideal if you do recreational diving; it is a lightweight material and is usually somewhat cheaper than a jacket of equivalent characteristics made of sanity.

Cordura: they are more resistant and durable. However, they tend to be somewhat more expensive and weigh more. Due to their characteristics, they are ideal for instructors or people who are dedicated to professional diving, who use the jacket daily or very frequently.

There are models that combine both materials, conserving the lightness of the nylon but providing greater resistance to the jacket. There is the sanity index, which allows measuring the degree of resistance to abrasion (as the higher the number, the greater the resistance).

Size and capacity of snorkeling vest

In the case of conventional vests, the capacity to hold gas is proportional to the size. Normally, small sizes (for children and adolescents) usually have a capacity of 12-14 litres, medium sizes between 14 and 18 litres (for women and men of medium size) and large and extra-large between 18 and 26 litres. In the case of a wing, we recommend that you opt for rather small models. Think that a large wing offers more resistance to underwater movement, so it will be more difficult to handle with precision and you will have to make an extra effort to move. In addition, it will cause you more instability when changing position.

However, when choosing wing capacity, it is also important to consider the type of water in which you are going to dive:

  • Warm and warm waters: when wearing finer suits, you will not need so much ballast to sink, so you will not need too much air inside the vest to climb and stay afloat on the surface.
  • Cold waters: when using thicker suits, especially if you dive with a dry suit, increase the amount of ballast you will need, so you will also need a vest with greater capacity.

How to choose your snorkelling vest?

Choosing the right size of your jacket is very important to avoid uncomfortable lateral movements during the dive if it is too big or pressure under the arms and/or chest and belly if it comes too small. Ideally, the vest should not overpress you or make breathing difficult when it is completely swollen. Most models have adjustable straps, both pectoral and ventral and lateral, which will allow you to adapt it optimally to your body.

Check that the abdominal girdle closes perfectly and without difficulty: the velcro of the two parts must be able to join perfectly in all its extension. There are specific models for women with a design focused on avoiding discomfort, especially in the chest and at the base of the back. Although being a girl you can dive perfectly with a unisex jacket, since you are investing in your own diving equipment, it may be a good idea to choose one that will be as comfortable as possible in all aspects for you. Finally, if you are hesitating between two sizes of a snorkeling vest model, keep in mind the type of suit you are going to dive with: if it is thick, decide for the larger jacket model.