MASK REMOVAL SKILL TIPS
The mask removal skill is considered by most scuba divers as one of the hardest one, mainly due to the exposure to salt water on eyes and nose. Through practice and by using some of the provided tips you should be able to remove your mask easily.
Why learning mask removal?
-Its very unlikely to drop a mask while diving, but it may happen when getting to close to your buddy’s fins, or (I have seen it happen) to a whale shark’s tail… – Lets try and remain positive: wouldn’t you like to be able to pose to the camera underwater?
Where to practice mask removal?
Mask removal performance requirements
How to complete and perform the mask removal skill?
1. Slowly flood your mask by breaking the silicone seal with one or two fingers.
2. Once you get used to the water on your face, remove your mask. Hold your mask and don’t let go.
3. The performance requirement is breathing underwater without a mask for at list one minute:
-You may close your eyes, and perform the rest with your eyes shut.
– You may pinch your nose, at list for the first few moments. After a minute is completed, your instructor will give you a sign (normally a tap on the shoulder) to place the mask back.
4. Make sure the straps won’t be on your way of putting the mask back on.
5. Remove your hair away from your forehead, place mask back on.
6. Make sure the strap isn’t twisted, and isn’t too tight. Mask’s skirt should be placed neatly against your skin.
7. Look down- avoid water running to your nose
8. Inhale Deeply
9. 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.
10. Exhale from your nose while applying pressure and slowly tilting your head up.
11. Stop pressing on the mask, only then finish exhaling, otherwise you’ll allow water to sip in.
Mask removal tutorial video
Mask removal 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. 4. Don’t tighten the masks strap to tight. Doing so will squeeze the mask on your face, bending the silicon skirt. This will break the seal and allow water to drizzle in. 5. If you have long hair, remove it from forehead before removing the mask. 6. Facial hair may break the mask’s seal allowing water to drizzle in, If that is a real problem for you when diving, consider using Vaseline cream before having to trim you mustache.