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    First snorkeling attempt was more difficult than i thought.
    The wooden handle scoop with PVC pipe was a failure due to buoyancy problems. I used the aluminum scoop instead but the angle is all wrong. The $4 yard sale fins worked fine the adjustable strap is a must. You calves get crushed using those things. They even fit over my boots. Using a kids snorkel mask did not work. Getting snorkel mask/snorkel/ headphones to work was a real challenge. The sand shark coil floated too much so I filled a bottle with sand but it is hard to swing. The $10 Craig's list farmer john wetsuit worked fine. I found 10 targets wading and 0 snorkeling. I'd say snorkeling while detecting only makes sense if you are experienced at snorkeling and have muscular calves and forearms and patience. I will keep trying because I enjoying swimming anyway.
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    pony up and get a real snorkel kit.... lol . kids snorkel mask, .. you're killing me.. A+ for frugality

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    RUXPIN

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    I use the walmart mask for snorkeling and hookah, in that shallow of water you dont need tempered or anything fancy. Keep at it, theres a learning curve like anything in life, and yea its a good work out for sure. weight belt helps but be sure to practice the right hand release, utube it

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepGold View Post
    pony up and get a real snorkel kit.... lol . kids snorkel mask, .. you're killing me.. A+ for frugality
    I like the beach!!!

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    If you're in snorkelling depth, I found it easier to ditch the snorkel and fins and went back to wading. Weighted up to 30lb and walked up to nostril depth, then when I had a target, just sank to the bottom and fanned it out, quicker and easier than scoop on the sand around here.

    I think snorkelling proper is only really viable when there's coral and other sharp, stabby things on the bottom

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    CASPER

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    I use a mask and snorkel to detect 95%+ - that is not to say I am snorkeling while detecting
    I wear dive boots and walk out as far as I can - most times all that is sticking out of the water is an inch or two of my snorkel
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    I can find targets 5 times faster than the next guy hunting without a mask - Im able to see the target sometimes before even scooping
    I usually can see exactly where to place my scoop - if its a small item that falls thru scoop - like a stud earing - I can then drop and find it easily
    I can see structure - I can see cuts and blow out areas - I can get out just that little bit farther than guy hunting chest deep and at some spots
    it has meant me coming home with gold many a times- where from chest in places have been cleaned out
    plus I like the stealthiness of not being seen most times by staying low in the water - most times people don't know Im there until Im getting out
    I will send you PM with link to my articles - some may help
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Georgia Red

    Mar 2013
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    I thought I was the only one up! Lol

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    Georgia Red

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    My wife uses that "cheater"snorkel like the one in the OP

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    I concur with Casper 100%. I will use a metal hand scoop and dig/scoop toward me, with the scoop's opening facing me.

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    us
    Sep 2014
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    I just wish I had calm tide. So Cal beaches are just wave after wave until you're about 12 ft deep.

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    ca
    Jul 2014
    Port Perry, Ontario
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    Hey Casper - I would like a copy of your article too, if you are passing it around. I have done quite a bit with mask and snorkel, but still have a lot to learn. I prefer scuba and getting my face near the bottom. There are times that scuba is not available, so I am willing to learn how to improve my methods.

    As for Mission101 - the advise was right. Toss out the kid's stuff, so you can be effective. Adult gear is not that expensive and it will improve your experience.

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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
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    I have written over 30 articles - more than happy to send link to site with most of them
    thing is - I do not have one article on snorkeling - I did one called
    "snorkel-snuba-hookah-scuba"
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/casper-2/
    fact is most all my water articles - I am using a mask & snorkel
    feel naked with out them - I know over the yrs Ive gotten 100s to TH'ers to use one
    some don't feel comfortable using snorkel - just use a mask or goggles
    I have some spots lifeguards wont allow snorkel - I just pop my face in the water every few steps there
    even if you wear on your head and pull down when you need them -or wear goggles around your neck for certain times


    Quote Originally Posted by placergold View Post
    Hey Casper - I would like a copy of your article too, if you are passing it around. I have done quite a bit with mask and snorkel, but still have a lot to learn. I prefer scuba and getting my face near the bottom. There are times that scuba is not available, so I am willing to learn how to improve my methods.

    As for Mission101 - the advise was right. Toss out the kid's stuff, so you can be effective. Adult gear is not that expensive and it will improve your experience.
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    I tried using my snorkel at the river, but once I got past neck deep, I was too buoyant. I know a weight belt would take care of this problem, but no more than I've been dirt fishing, I can't justify the expense. This was just while wading and trying to get an extra foot of river to detect and scoop. With the waves when the water and the boats, I bounce around like a rubber ball.

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    Honorary Goonie

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    Quote Originally Posted by fongu View Post
    I tried using my snorkel at the river, but once I got past neck deep, I was too buoyant. I know a weight belt would take care of this problem, but no more than I've been dirt fishing, I can't justify the expense. This was just while wading and trying to get an extra foot of river to detect and scoop. With the waves when the water and the boats, I bounce around like a rubber ball.
    I recommend weights. You may not need much, and its all about the size and thickness of your suit. A lot of commercial divers wear ankle weights. It keeps them upright, and able to work. Whatever you choose, be careful that you only use what you need to sink safely. When I say safely, I mean just a wee bit heavier than neutral buoyancy. You don't want to plummet to the bottom like an anchor, because if you get into trouble, that's where they'll find you.

    If you do use weights, be sure to use a proper diving weight belt - one which has a quick-release buckle. Practice putting it on and off, and practice ditching it if you go deeper than a lungful of air can support. Above all, be safe. A gold ring is not worth dying for - a Faberge Egg, maybe -but not a ring.

    Lastly, check Craigslist for dive weights. I shun most of the tired old scuba crap on CL, but weights never go bad.
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    CASPER

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    want to save money on a weight belt - save all your scrap lead - sinkers etc
    my weight belt I made myself out of 70 lbs of lead
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Mar 2012
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    I never thought about that, Casper. I've found quite a bit of lead at the river.

 

 

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