Choosing and Using Scuba Mask
Having your own scuba mask makes a huge difference on your scuba diving experience. That’s why the scuba mask is the one item most divers and snorkelers will purchase first.
As opposed to other pieces of equipment like BCD’s and regulators it is compact and light, and can easily stored and be carried on any travel bag, anytime, anywhere and is also more affordable than most diving equipment.
The most important reason to pick a mask first is that a scuba mask that properly fits your face makes a huge difference on your comfort and pleasure by decreasing the chances it’ll get flooded.
How does a scuba mask work?
Unlike fish and other marine creatures our eyes are not designed to focus underwater, therefore we ware a mask that provides us an airspace that separates between our eyes and the water surrounding us.
Why not wearing goggles for scuba diving then?
Goggles also isolate our eyes, creating a small airspace, but as opposed to scuba mask, they lack the nose pocket thus it’s impossible to equalize them underwater. As we descend, water pressure on our airspaces increases and exhaling occasionally through your nose is essential to equalize your masks airspace.
How to choose a scuba mask?
Masks come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and as we all have different faces there no such thing as the best mask. Primarily what we look for in a mask is a mask that fits and is comfortable for us to use. Before we learn how we find out whether the mask fits or not, we should check what it’s made of
what is a scuba mask made of ?
A scuba mask’s faceplate is usually tempered glass, that as opposed to standard glass, when breaks tends to form less particles, and is more durable , thus is safer and can better handle the increased pressure underwater.
Tempered glass can be defogged easily as opposed to plastic for example. Look for a tempered glass sticker on your mask.
The mask’s skirt should be made out of silicone rather than neoprene and can be either clear or colored- whatever you choose.
How can I tell if my scuba mask fits?
As we mentioned before, pick a mask that fits your face and one you feel comfortable with:
-Place the strap in front of the faceplate and place the mask against your face while looking up.
– make sure you don’t trap hair underneath the mask skirt, and that the skirt isn’t folded and placed correctly.
-inhale through your nose and let go of the mask. The mask should pull back against your face and stay on it while you look down and shake your head.
Scuba mask maintenance, storage and defogging
A new scuba mask tends to fog up easily. After purchasing one or before using one that hasn’t been used for a while we’ll make sure to defog our mask.
Grab a soft scrub, or use you fingers, and rub some toothpaste on its plates.
I’d normally leave it over night and rinse it n the morning. One treatment normally is enough but you may need to do it again. Before each dive use a defogging solution or spit in your mask and rub the plates, then rinse it. Enzymes in the solution will prevent it from fogging up.
After diving, make sure you rinse it carefully with fresh water and store it in a dry and shaded place.
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