How to pick the right Scuba Mask?
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How to pick the right Scuba Mask?

Published
March 14, 2022
Category
Reviews

If you're looking to buy a new Scuba Diving mask, you've come to the right place! In this article, we'll go through the different types of masks that are available on the market, and how to find the perfect fit for your face. We'll also dive into how to care for your mask so that you’ll have it for years to come. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced Scuba diver, read on for tips on choosing the right Scuba diving mask!

Types of Scuba Diving Masks

There are three main types of Scuba diving masks:

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Type of Mask
Description
Pro
Con
Single Lens (framed) Masks
Masks with one large pane of glass in the front
• often less expensive than other types of masks.
• they can be more difficult to adjust to ensure a good fit
Dual Lens Masks
Masks with two smaller lenses separated by a silicone nose bridge
• offer a wider field of view. • Most prescription masks come in a dual lens form factor
• Some do not like the style of two lenses. • The need to “defog” two seperate lenses
Frameless Masks
Masks without any metal or plastic frames around the lenses
• typically the most lightweight option, cover a wide range of faces and offer the best field of view
• Can be limited in available sizes

A bonus, while diving with us, we’ll have a trial mask available and if it’s up your alley we’d be more than happy to put in an order for you.

How to test the fit of the mask

The best way to determine which type of mask is right for you is to try them on! Most Scuba diving shops will have a variety of masks available for you to test out  before making a purchase. When trying on Scuba diving masks, it's important to do a fit test to make sure that the mask is sealing properly against your face. To do this follow the steps below,

  1. Place the Mask on your face (do not use the mask strap)
  2. Inhale gently through your nose
  3. Hold your breath to keep the suction and see if the suction stays

The mask should suction to your face and there should be no leaks. If you feel any leaks or if the mask isn't suctioning properly, try a different size or style.

How to care for your mask

Once you've found the perfect Scuba diving mask, it's important to take care of it so that it lasts for years.

  • Be sure to rinse your mask in freshwater after every dive
  • Store it in a cool, dry place when not in use.
  • Avoid storing your Scuba diving mask in direct sunlight since sunlight and heat can damage the lenses
  • Inspect regularly for any cracks or leaks
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents on your mask, as this can damage the lenses or cause the silicone to break down.
  • If your mask gets foggy, clean the lenses with a mild soap and water solution.
  • Dry your mask thoroughly before storing it away, to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

What to do if your scuba mask keeps fogging up

If your Scuba diving mask keeps fogging up, there are a few things you can try to fix it

  1. First, clean the lenses with a mild soap and water solution.
  2. Next, try using an anti-fog spray or gel on the lenses. We recommend Stream2Sea or GearAid for anti-fog solutions.
  3. If that doesn't work, try soaking the mask in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before using it.
  4. Worst case you can use Sea Buff, a slightly abrasive formula to remove the protective film applied to some masks.
  5. Finally, if all else fails, you can try wearing a swim cap to keep the hair out of your face and help prevent fogging.

Things to avoid

  1. Toothpaste: while it used to be effective but unless it has microbeads, it is less effective. At the same time we avoid promoting products with microbeads.
  2. A Lighter: While this is considered an effective way to remove the silicon coating (only on glass masks with no prescription) the risk of damaging the surrounding silicone is high.
  3. Carbonated Soda: It can be worth trying to leave the mask with coke/pepsi overnight but we can not verify the effectiveness of this.

With proper care, your Scuba diving mask will be a trusty companion on all your underwater adventures!

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Keep in mind that new masks may take a few dives to break in, so don't be discouraged if it doesn't feel perfect from the start.

With a little time and effort, you'll find the perfect Scuba diving mask for you.

Now that you know all about the different types of masks and how to fit them, it’s time to get shopping. Remember to take care of your new mask by following the tips we shared, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask us. We love all things diving-related and am always happy to help out fellow underwater enthusiasts. Happy diving!

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