How easy or difficult is it to blow the vest up?
This is very simple to blow up and deflate. You will just push down the top of the tube and blow into or let the air out.
very easy bought this for my wife she had no problems by the way she is not a diver or snorkler
Very easy. I don't know if my five year old (who wears the vest) could do it, but I would expect a teenager to do it no problem, and quite possibly younger than that. Any adult healthy enough to use a snorkeling vest should be able to inflate this no problem.
hey, Rhonda - I only have one lung due to cancer, but found the Reef Tourer EXTREMELY easy to inflate - it gave me a great sense of relief. you go, girl!
Quite easy. It is not like a balloon, when you must fight elastic resistance the whole time. There is no resistance until you are done inflating it.
Very little resistance....like a plastic bag.....you don't completely inflate it just enough to keep it buoyant.
I use it to slow me to float face down....I don't inflate it like a life jacket.
Very Easy, just a couple seconds to do
I didn't use this myself, but was helping my 7-year-old snorkel for the first time.
You can inflate it while swimming pretty easily. When you think about snorkeling, just breathing in (one breath of air) changes your buoyancy significantly. So, you only need a couple of breaths in the bag to make a big change in your buoyancy.
The valve is well designed and so it's not like some inflatable rafts where half the work is blowing hard enough to get the valve open. The valve doesn't seem to add any work at all.
It's also not like a balloon where lots of pressure builds up and you have to blow hard, because you're not trying to add lots of pressure. You're just trying to get some air inside a loose bag.
Oh--and the question you'll want to answer when you want to free dive is how easy is it to deflate while swimming. If you turn the valve cap upside down and press it against the valve, it opens up the valve. Dip your body underwater and the water pressure will push all the air out of the vest.
It's very easy to blow it , it takes about 15 seconds .