Scuba diving is an exciting and exhilarating experience, but to make the most of your adventures, you need the right equipment that suits you. Your first set of scuba gear can be overwhelming, with so many options available, but with a little research, you can find the perfect fit for you. In this new weekly series, we’ll go over the essential pieces of gear and some popular brands to consider.
What Should I Buy First?
Scuba equipment is expensive and a lot of us can’t splurge out all at once on a full set of equipment. You may be wondering, what should I invest my money in first? There’s no correct answer to this question, but there is certainly some pieces of scuba gear that are more personal to you. If you’re currently renting scuba equipment, you may feel for hygienic reasons, you would like to start off with investing in the equipment that is closest to your skin and/or mouth.
So, this week we’ll be looking at Masks!
An essential part of your equipment and possibly something that is very personal to you. A scuba mask should fit properly to ensure a comfortable dive and a clear view of the underwater world. Masks are relatively inexpensive and is a great place to start with your equipment. Here are some tips on how to ensure a good fit:
- Test the Seal: Place the mask against your face, inhale slightly through your nose, and hold the mask in place. The suction created should hold the mask to your face, forming a good seal.
- Adjust the Strap: The mask’s strap should be adjusted so that it fits snugly around your head but is not too tight. It should be comfortable enough to wear for an extended period, but secure enough to prevent water from entering the mask.
- Check for Leaks: After adjusting the strap, submerge the mask in water to check for leaks. If the mask is leaking, adjust the strap or check the seal and repeat the process until the mask is leak-free.
- Consider the Skirt: The skirt of the mask should fit comfortably against your face without any gaps or pinching. Make sure to choose a mask with a skirt that fits your face shape, and consider trying on multiple masks before making a purchase. (For people with beards, this can also be a factor!)
- Check the Field of View: When trying on a mask, make sure to check your field of view. The mask should provide a clear and unobstructed view, and the lens should be positioned correctly in front of your eyes.
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It’s important to choose a mask that fits well, is comfortable. Take your time when trying on masks and consider the tips mentioned above to ensure a good fit.
If you want to order yourself a mask or come in to the dive shop to try some on, please feel free to contact us!