How To Choose A Dive Mask

Having the Right Fit

The way to find out if a hide fits you is to put it on your face without the straps on, and inhale through your nose – if you feel a good seal then you have a good fitting face mask! dive mask

Dive Mask Material/Skirt

Practically all dive masks have some sort of plastic material frame, with a top that is either silicon or rubber – silicon is significantly the more common because it is smoother and provides an improved close up on your face. 

You generally have the choice of a clear or black skirt; clear offers an improved field of eye-sight whereas black is more preferable for photographers because they no longer get distracted by light coming in from the sides. Don’t even think about getting a really cheap mask with a plastic skirt, no subject how cheap they are.

Purge Valves & Volume level

A few dive goggles give you a purge valve under the nose – the theory being if the device is at the cheapest point (it usually is) you only have to exhale through your face to remove any water that has leaked in. In person I consider this a waste of the? 5 to? 10 you will spend for this – if your mask leakages *that* much, then the challenge is that it doesn’t fit properly.. or you have a huge mustache!

A whole lot of jump masks advertise being low volume, and the lower the volume the easier you should clear of water – whilst this is true I more than likely pay much more for a mask with slightly lower volume as you won’t notice the big difference, as well as your lung volume is *massive* compared to any dive mask volume! The only exception for this would be if you are free diving – to only have one chest packed with air.

Single as opposed to Double Lens Dive Goggles

A double lensed jump mask comes with (obviously) two lenses, separated by a plastic little bit of framework, whereas a single zoom lens mask doesn’t have the plastic bit over your nose. The biggest inconvenience of getting a sole lens mask is that weight loss get prescriptive lenses for an one lens dive mask.

In the event that this is not an issue for after this you sole lens dive masks may offer a less claustrophobic feel. If you truly want the best field of vision, then a get mask with side house windows is a great option – Apeks and Cressi both get this type of mask and I can personally recommend the Cressi Penta Dive Mask.

If you require prescriptive lenses, most Tusa dive masks will take prescriptive lenses.

Dive Hide Straps

Whilst this is a trivial part of the mask I cannot emphasise enough how much easier things will be if you get a slap strap for your dive mask – particularly if you are a woman or have long locks.

Full Face Dive Markers

A full face dance mask is one which has a integrated regulator, and covers your entire face – a lot of full face dive markers have some form of communications system integrated. The reason that these dance masks offer all of these features is they are made for commercial and specialist use – TELEVISION SET divers will generally make use of them, and commercial divers that dive in dirty or freezing conditions.

When by using a full face mask most divers is going through more air, as well as they are a lot harder to get on/off. Generally a full face dive face mask is inappropriate for most recreational scuba diving

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