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About Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest

Getting ready to go on a tropical vacation to Saint Somewhere or maybe the Florida Keys would be nice, whatever it is if there is warm water you've got to go snorkeling! Enjoying snorkeling includes be comfortable and safe when in the water. Using a snorkeling vest increases safety and comfort. The bright orange or yellow color allows watercraft operators to recognize that people are in the surrounding water and to keep clear, it also allows people to see you easily for pick up by your own watercraft.

More importantly you remain comfortable when enjoying the wonders of the reef. The snorkeler can orally inflate and deflate the volume of air in the vest to their requirements. Add just a little air to use it as a "pillow" under your chest to help hold your head and snorkel above water. Fully inflate in stressful situations to relax and rest. Deflate by yourself to return to surface diving activities. Fits comfortably over the snorkeler's head and secures firmly to the body with two adjustable straps.

The Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest is commonly used for Recreation, Snorkeling, Warm Water and more. The Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced, Beginner, Casual/ Recreational, Novice Diver, Recreational Diver among others. The Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest: Easy To Use, Functional, Improves Diving Experience, Lightweight, Solid Construction.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.

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Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest Features

  • Makes Snorkeling Enjoyable
  • Increased Water Safety
  • Increased Comfort in the Water
  • Easy to Operate Oral Inflator
  • Adjustable Waist and Crotch Straps
  • Bright Orange or Yellow Color

Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest Specifications

Available in the Following Colors:
Orange, Yellow
Available in the Following Sizes:
Jr, Small, Large, Medium, X-Large
Weight [with packaging]
Jr, Small: 0.45 lb,
Large, Medium: 0.55 lb,
X-Large: 0.7 lb
Mfr #
SKU
BLRSV
Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest Size Chart
Small Medium Large X-Large
Head Hole 6.5" X 8.5" 7.5" X 9.5" 8" X 10.25" 8.25" X 10.25"
Height 19.5" 22.75" 25" 26.75"
Width Top 12.5" 13" 15.5" 18.5"
Width Bottom 14.5" 16.75" 18" 19.5"
Body Length 14.75" 17.5" 19.75" 22.25"

Snorkeling Vest Customer Reviews

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Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest
 
4.4

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (56)
  • Functional (52)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Solid construction (25)
  • Improves diving experience (24)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Recreation (42)
  • Warm water (20)
  • Snorkeling (5)
  • All diving applications (3)
  • Cold water (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (17), Recreational diver (12), Beginner (9), Advanced (8), Novice diver (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I needed

I felt very secure with the vest knowing if I needed help staying afloat I had it. I would never snorkel without it.

I felt very secure with the vest knowing if I needed help staying afloat I had it. I would never snorkel without it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good quality/price, quirky inflator

I've read reviews and it sounds like there are different styles out there. The units I purchased are the orange Blue Reef snorkeling vest - purchased in May'12.

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I've read reviews and it sounds like there are different styles out there. The units I purchased are the orange Blue Reef snorkeling vest - purchased in May'12.

If you're looking for a snorkeling vest where you float around on the surface and watch the fish - this vest is perfectly functional.

If you plan to occasionally free dive to take a closer look at a critter or some coral, deflating the vest is a pain. You have to use the extra tab on the edge of the cap to push down on the spring-loaded crosshairs inside the tube. The tube diameter is too small to access the valve with your pinky. If you lose the cap, you'll need something the size of a ball point pen to open the valve. This is basically a two hand operation - one to hold the inflator tube while you use the tab on the cap to push the spring loaded crosshairs further into the tube.

I'm looking at modifying mine so I'll have a button that projects out beyond the end of the tube, so I can push on the button to deflate the vest.

Material and quality of build are average, and at the sale price, it's a decent buy. The vest provides excellent functionality for surface swimming, but the poor deflator design makes it unsuited for free diving without modification.

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4.0

Works when you need it

By Big Al

from East Tn

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recreation

    Comments about Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest:

    Wore it snorkeling for safety. Blew it up and it kept me afloat.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    This vest helped to enjoy snorkeling

    By Olegpetroff

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Advanced

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Lightweight
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recreation
      • Warm Water

      Comments about Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest:

      Very nice product

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      What A great trip to the keys

      By Rose

      from Livonia MI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Improves Diving Experience
      • Lightweight
      • Solid Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Diving Applications
        • Recreation
        • Warm Water

        Comments about Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest:

        snorking

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Snorkeling in the Keys was GREAT

        By Rose

        from Livonia MI

        About Me Beginner

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Improves Diving Experience
        • Lightweight
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Diving Applications
          • Warm Water

          Comments about Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest:

          we went snorkeling it was great time

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Happy with vest

          By schwabld

          from Mantorville, MN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest:

                We used these for snorkeling on vacation last week, and they worked great. Easy to inflate and deflate. Before the trip, I did cut approximately 6 inches off the strap that goes between the legs as it was a little too long for me, and I didn't want so much extra strap hanging down. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this vest again.

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                Gary L  For someone who does not swim but is willing to get in the water to snorkel, will this vest be appropriate? We are about to head to the Whit Sundays and my wife wants to snorkel...is this a reasonable accessory to allow her to float?
                DENISE A D F  If your wife does not swim at all, I would not recommend this as a life saving float. The individual for whom this was purchased is able to swim, but not a strong swimmer. He uses it all the time whenever he snorkels as a precaution should he tire and need to rest without having to worry about treading water.
                Gary L  Thank you Susan...but understand we are not talking about someone venturing out but tethered to a sailing yacht in relatively calm water, well within reach as well as proximity to other swimmers...so, this is NOT a life saving float but simply something to allow a person to get in the water beside a sailing yacht to view the bottom...not a lengthy session moving about...she certainly knows how to tread water and is not a complete...this is merely an effort to allow her to get into the water in protected areas and enjoy viewing what is beneath the surface and she is not a complete novice in all of this as she has snorkeled in the BVIs. Also, an alternative to a bulky life jacket that simply has someone upright on the surface. Thank you for your response and concern.
                Gary L  For someone who does not swim but is willing to get in the water to snorkel, will this vest be appropriate? We are about to head to the Whit Sundays and my wife wants to snorkel...is this a reasonable accessory to allow her to float?
                DENISE A D F  If your wife does not swim at all, I would not recommend this as a life saving float. The individual for whom this was purchased is able to swim, but not a strong swimmer. He uses it all the time whenever he snorkels as a precaution should he tire and need to rest without having to worry about treading water.
                Gary L  Thank you Susan...but understand we are not talking about someone venturing out but tethered to a sailing yacht in relatively calm water, well within reach as well as proximity to other swimmers...so, this is NOT a life saving float but simply something to allow a person to get in the water beside a sailing yacht to view the bottom...not a lengthy session moving about...she certainly knows how to tread water and is not a complete...this is merely an effort to allow her to get into the water in protected areas and enjoy viewing what is beneath the surface and she is not a complete novice in all of this as she has snorkeled in the BVIs. Also, an alternative to a bulky life jacket that simply has someone upright on the surface. Thank you for your response and concern.
                Michael M  Hi-- I am a complete idiot. I inflated it to try it on, now cannot figure out how to deflate the darned thing! (Of course there were no instructions, but I cannot help but notice that in the comments people mentioned that their 12 year old had no problem deflating. I am considerably older than that...) So -- how do you deflate it?
                BRIAN T  "By the looks of the picture my vest is totally different. Mine is made by Blue Reef but I got it in 2006. It has a piece that screws to allow the spring loaded valve to be pushed down for inflation/deflation. If yours has something like this, make sure the valve can be pushed down and hold it down while you squish (that's a technical term by the way) all the air out. My only other thought, not being able to blow the picture up enough to get detail of the valve, is that your valve is spring loaded in a closed positon that allows for inflation. Try pulling up on the valve gently and see if it gives a little and lets the air out. Good luck."
                Michael M  Thanks. It turns out that there is a little plastic tab on the cap to the air tube that fits into the airtube and depresses the valve, etc. Instructions might have been useful on this one.
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