A mask is one of the most important pieces of dive equipment you will ever own, and owning one that fits properly from the get go will make diving more enjoyable. Having a good quality mask will make sure don’t miss anything while you’re underwater.
Tips for selecting a proper fitting mask
There are so many scuba diving masks available today, that is it becoming more and more difficult to decide between color, style and fit. However when selecting your mask the #1 most important feature is how a mask fits on your face.
To select a proper fitting mask there are a few simple step you can take to make sure the mask if right for you.
- Gently hold the mask against your face, with the mask strap looped in front of the mask, and make sure to brush away any hair off your forehead that may be trapped under the mask skirt.
- Next inhale through your nose, and if the mask fits properly it should stay put on your face without you needing to hold it in place.
- You want to make sure the mask covers your nose has room inside the mask and the skirt isn’t ridding up on the bridge of the bottom of you nose.
- Make sure that no air is leaking in through the sides, leaks underwater are no fun.
- Having a mustache or beard can make it difficult for a mask to seal but it is still possible, consider trimming your mustache or beard before a dive trip, and before trying on a new mask.
Don’t go with the first mask you find
It is important to try a few different dive masks before selecting the one that is right for you. This is also true if you are renting a mask for a dive course or snorkeling expedition. No two masks are the same and a proper fitting mask can make or break the experience.
Give yourself time when picking out a mask by visiting a local dive shop before you are planning a dive trip, or show up at least 30 minutes early before a dive course to choose a mask that fits you properly. This also goes for picking out all your personal dive gear, make sure all your equipment fit properly before your first dive.
Why you should buy a dive mask
If you are looking at buying some new dive gear, a mask should be the first piece of equipment you own. Masks are very personal and over time a mask will form to your face. Don’t be afraid to invest in a mask that is more expensive, if it fits it fits, try to take price out of the equation when buying a new mask.
Dive schools should have a few different masks for you to choose from, but keep in mind they may or may not have the perfect fit for you. The whole point of diving is seeing the underwater world, a mask that doesn’t fit is no fun.