MASK CLEARING TIPS
The mask clearing skill is one of the most important skills to master when scuba diving. Virtually any scuba mask, no matter how good and fit to your face will flood a bit during a dive, making mask clearing second nature to experienced scuba divers.
Why learning mask clearing?
-Imagine being underwater, when you see a beautiful hawksbill Turtle munching on a piece of coral. You’re so excited you start smiling. Your smile allows water to flood your mask. What would you do? – Sometimes, if we haven’t defogged our scuba mask during preparation we might need to flood it every few minutes, instead of ascending to the surface.
Where to practice mask clearing?
How to complete and perform the mask clearing skill?
1. Slowly flood your mask by breaking the silicone seal with one or two fingers. 2. Look down- avoid water running to your nose 3. Inhale Deeply 4. Apply pressure on the masks top, just above the glass. Alternatively you can elevate the masks lower part- lifting the silicon of your face. Try not to create too much space between the mask and your face. 5. Exhale from your nose while applying pressure and slowly tilting your head up. 6. Stop pressing on the mask, only then finish exhaling, otherwise you’ll allow water to sip in.
Mask clearing tutorial video
Mask clearing tips
1. This might be your first experience with salt water on your face and in your eyes. Some newbie divers find this experience a little hard. Don’t be discouraged by it. Practice putting your head in the water breathing only from a regulator. You can even pinch your nose first, and once you’re comfortable, try removing your fingers. 2. Practice the technique when the head’s out of the water, first only blow air through your nose. You’ll be surprised how sometimes people can be confused and forget things when trying new experiences. 3. Don’t try to blow all the water out at once, you’ll end up flooding your mask even more. Blow your nose gently. Tilt your head up slowly.