A badly fitting dive mask will completely ruin any scuba dive. The trick is to try the mask on first before diving, which will ensure that it fits your face properly.
Scuba diving, and snorkeling are totally dependent upon having a dive mask that fits properly. You may wonder how to find out whether it fits, or not. Here are some helpful hints on what to look for in a mask. Read this, and you’ll be keeping your head under, not above water.
First, find a dive store. You’ll find a better price at an online store, but find an online store that has a showroom, if possible. Then choose the kind of mask that you think you’ll like best, for instance a low-volume crystal silicone frameless, or a metal aluminum frame scuba mask. The snorkel mask’s skirt fits against your face. Its purpose is to create a water- tight seal against your face. A skirt that doesn’t properly seal against your skin will cause leaking, fogging, fatigue and in very rare instances, death by drowning.
What a slow leak between the skirt of the mask and your face means is you will have to constantly tread water to empty it out. Dive Law #1: Treading water vertically takes much more energy than floating horizontally and enjoying your dive.
Lifting your mask away from your face to purge the water will also make your mask fog. When you pull your mask away from your face, new moist air enters the mask and condenses against the colder lens surface. The more new air that’s introduced, the more moisture there will be to condense on your lens.
Never choose a mask solely on the basis that it looks cool. Try the mask on, and make sure it fits properly according to the above instructions. If you bought it online, you can always return it, and you should if it doesn’t fit right.
If you wear glasses or contacts, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have clear vision on all your dives. Find out about getting a prescription snorkel mask and how they work!