Pool Noodle as an Equipment Holder for Snorkeling

by Kent
(Fleetwood, PA, USA)

My pool noodle equipment holder

My pool noodle equipment holder

While on a trip to St. Thomas and St. John in the USVI we went on a sailing excursion and did some snorkeling in which we used pool noodles to help keep us afloat. Although I enjoyed using a noodle, I also wanted the freedom to dive to take some pictures.

Next month, we’re going to Turks and Caicos and I know that we’ll be headed out to a few locations on our own and will need to take our phone and other valuables with us. Having read about your making a utility belt, I came up with the idea of using a pool noodle that I can secure to my ankle so I can dive to take pictures while not having the noodle blow away and still also have other items secured to it. Attached is a picture of my semi-final product. I still want to change out the small S carabiners for slightly larger ones.

I’ll let you know what I think of using it when I get back from the Turks & Caicos Islands.

In 2016 my wife and I vacationed in St. Thomas. While researching for the trip I came across this site and purchased your eBook on St. John. I'm glad I did both.

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Apr 19, 2019
Consider this Safety Issue
by: Galen

Hi Kent, you have a creative idea, but my main concern with it is a safety issue when freediving. Think carefully about what happens if you dive down and the rope attached to your ankle gets caught on a piece of coral or a rock, and it prevents you from getting back to the surface. Maybe you will be able to release the velcro at your ankle, but in a high stress situation it is not a risk I would be willing to take, or recommend. I am very wary of anything attached even to a snorkeling or weight belt when freediving, and what it might get caught on. My freediving weight belt has a quick release clasp for that reason.

I also wonder how the rope would interact with your fins when kicking, but that is less of a concern.

Please be careful.

Apr 20, 2019
Agree With Galen
by: Richard

I agree with Galen. I have a self-created rule that nothing should be attached to my body whether freediving or even just on the surface. Probably would never be a problem but... "what can happen will happen."

Apr 21, 2019
Many Choices, One Life
by: Steve

I concur. Please be careful when using this. It only takes one adverse event to ruin your life.

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