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How to Care for a Swim Snorkel

Swim snorkels consist of a rigid plastic breathing tube and soft silicone or rubber mouthpieces and straps — tough stuff that can handle tons of exposure to chlorine and sunlight.  They won't need constant washing or protection, but you should still maintain and store them with care. Clean and functional snorkels means more fun in the water! Following these simple steps will keep your gear fit for all your snorkeling needs.  

Dry Your Swim Snorkel

Because swim snorkels include a narrow breathing tube that traps moisture, it is important to dry snorkels out after each use. Either let your snorkel drip-dry after practice, or store it in a mesh bag or pocket that allows air to circulate.

Clean Your Swim Snorkel

Occasionally — after being stored in damp swim bags or after just many, many days of use — swim snorkels can become mildewed. If this is case with your snorkel, hand-wash it with warm water and dish soap. You can use a long, thin brush or just a towel wrapped around a thin stick (pencil, chopstick, etc) to clean the inside of the breathing tube. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly, since you don't want to taste soap the next time you use it! Afterwards, let the snorkel dry completely.

Store Your Swim Snorkel Safely

Unlike goggles, swim snorkels don't have lenses that can be scratched, but they should still be treated gently. Their long, narrow breathing tube can snap, or snorkel straps can get tangled up in other swim gear. Consider storing your snorkel separately in mesh bag, and leave it in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight.

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1 year ago.
do u need some tips about using swim snorkel?
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Tripp Gainey
1 year ago.
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Tripp Gainey
1 year ago.
4 years ago.
I swim 40 laps every two days using my snorkel in our local pool. I have found that my mask seems to be cloudy however if I dip it in the water it clears for a bit. I also clean it once a month with dish soap. It is also stored in a mesh bag. Is there something else I can do? Thanks
4 years ago.
Hi Paula,
We would suggest cleaning your mask more frequently (twice a month) and in between applying Anti-fog solution.
2 years ago.
I found that using a small dab of baby shampoo and rubbing that on the lens to dry keeps it clear during my 75 lap work out.
2 years ago.
Hi Sandi,

Thank you for this insight. This would be helpful to our readers!
5 years ago.
What If We Just Got A Snorkel and we dont store it somewhere like dark like a bag because i dont have one. Any Things I Can Use Like A Plastic Bag? My Goggles Are All Taken Care Of But Im Looking For Snorkel Care
5 years ago.
After the snorkel has dried you can keep it in any kind of mesh bag or a plastic bag would work as well. Let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
6 years ago.
Hi Joanne,

You want to first make sure that your snorkel is vertical and clear of water when your face is down . Some water will get in but you should be able to get it out by blowing it out. You also want to make sure you have a dry snorkel which has a closing top to keep water out. Below is a link to our dry snorkels. I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
Joanne Whaley
6 years ago.
my snorkel has to be emptied of water after each lap in the pool. I swim 3 miles a week, so this can be troublesome. It is dried and cared for between each use. Am I doing something wrong?
Jim Southwell
1 year ago.
I seem to catch a bit of a lung infection from the snorkel even though I clean it a lot
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