Brief History of the Snorkel Tube
The by gone history behind the snorkel tube dates back many centuries ago - in fact as early as 3000 Years B.C. Ancient sponge farmers used a hollow reed to breathe through while diving down and swimming over water. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, recalled instances of divers breathing through a device similar to the trunk of an elephant.
In later years, the Assyrians developed an alternative snorkel device. They filled animal skins with air to breathe from when they were under water.
The diving bell was overseen by Alexander the Great. This invention contained air bubbles for divers to inhale. The credit for the first contemporary snorkel goes to Leonardo Da Vinci. His hollow-tube creation was designed to be attached to the diver's leather head covering or helmet. The same concept allows modern-day snorkelers to breathe air from the surface with their face submerged under water for long periods of time.