Choosing a Scuba Diving Mask

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Choosing a Scuba Diving Mask

What is a Dive Mask

 

A scuba diving mask is a mask made from top quality components including tempered glass, 100% silicone and hard wearing plastic. A dive mask is rated for deeper depths that a snorkel mask and will not crack under pressure due to the top quality material that the frame is made from.  A Dive mask is an important part of your dive gear as this can determine your experience, if it doesnt fit you correctly you will leak and have an awful time so making sure that your mask fits your face correctly is very important. 

 

 

We understand that it can be a little overwhelming purchasing a scuba diving mask as there are so many brands, styles and opinions out there.  There isn’t one mask that suits everyone as every individual has different facial features, budget and preference on brand. We will give you a run down on the different styles and type of masks below to help you get a better understanding and hopefully help you choose your perfect dive mask.

 

 

The Fit:

Your mask is one of the most important items in your dive kit as this is what allows you to see all of the amazing life underwater,  so the fit is a very important thing to go for when making a purchase as this will make or break your experience. It doesn’t matter what brand or colour the mask is, if it doesn’t fit your face then it may as well be thrown away or given to someone else who it does fit. Water leaking in can not only ruin your experience with vision but it can also cause stress and that is the last thing you want. Make sure you take some time to try masks on before committing to one and choose wisely. Scuba diving masks are all slightly different in shape and style, however there is no specific sizing as they are all designed for adults but vary in shape. Just because your dive instructor has an awesome mask that they say never leaks, doesn't mean that it's going to be awesome for you. Make your own choice and try not to be influenced by other opionions. 

 

The Silicone Skirt:

All of the dive masks that we have here at Dive Warehouse are made from 100% silicone. They come in clear or black options and it really is a preference to which you prefer. Clear silicone will open up your peripheral vision allowing more light in and in turn giving you more vision to see the underwater world. Black Silicone tunnels your vision and shades your eyes from the sun, however your peripherals will be non-existent. Try both colour silicones on yourself and choose with your own opionion and don't let others tell you what's best. 

         

Pro's of a Black Silicone Skirt

 

Pro's -

  • Shades eyes from Sun's harsh rays
  • Prevents glare
  • Gives a clearer focus

 

Pro's of a Clear Silicone Skirt

 

Pro's -

  • Opens up peripheral vision
  • Lets more light in
  • More Vision

 

The Lens:

All of the dive masks are made from tempered glass, no matter the brand. The two different lens styles are single lens and the twin lens. The single lens masks have one piece of glass that eliminates and frame between your eyes giving you less obstruction. The twin lens style mask has two separate lenses that are held together by the frame. If you are looking for a mask that is able to take prescription lenses then the twin lens masks are the way to go, however there are only certain masks that have the ability to do this. 

       

The Frame:

There are two types of frame styles that we stock and include the plastic standard frame and the frameless style. The plastic is of course made from a top quality plastic that supports the lenses and skirt. The frameless style means that there is no plastic to it and the lenses are held together by a thick silicone that acts as a frame. The frameless can be folded down to a flat pancake to be kept in your BCD pocket as a spare mask. If you want to add on a mask camera mount, you will need to choose a plastic frame mask.

 

The Strap:

Majority of the masks in the scuba world have silicone straps which are soft and durable and are pretty universal with size however there are a few styles out there that have a webbing strap with a neoprene tamer on the rear. These are more durable and do not perish as silicone can. Keep in mind that you can also purchase a mask tamer that you can thread over your current silicone strap. The tamers slide on and off without pulling at your hair so alot more comfortable. 

      

 


 

 


 

The Brands:

The brands that we keep here include, Cressi, Oceanic, Mares, Tusa, Hollis and Aqualung. None of these brands are better than another. They are all made with 100% silicone and tempered glass, the difference is purely fit. Try not to get too carried away with brands, just go for the mask that fits you perfectly.

 

 

 

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