Welcome to our dive center's guide on choosing the perfect scuba mask for your next dive. Picking the right mask is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable diving experience. In this blog post, we'll take a deep dive into the different types of masks available in the market, and provide you with the information you need to find the perfect fit for your face. We'll also share some tips on how to properly care for your mask so that it can last for years to come. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced scuba diver, this article will help you make an informed decision and find the perfect mask for your next dive.
Types of Scuba Diving Masks
There are three main types of Scuba diving masks:
Type of Mask
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 separate lenses
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
First and foremost, it's important to choose the right mask for your face. 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 these simple steps:
Place the mask on your face (do not use the mask strap)
Inhale gently through your nose
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
First, clean the lenses with a mild soap and water solution.
Next, try using an anti-fog spray or gel on the lenses. We recommend Stream2Sea or GearAid for anti-fog solutions.
If that doesn't work, try soaking the mask in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before using it.
Worst case you can use Sea Buff, a slightly abrasive formula to remove the protective film applied to some masks.
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
Toothpaste: it used to be effective because it used to have abrasive microbeads. However, due to the plastic pollution that it caused, they are now not often found in toothpaste. Without said beads, it is less effective as a mask cleaner, at the same time we avoid promoting products with microbeads because it is more environmentally conscious.
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. Do not do this yourself, but ask a professional for assistance.
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!
💡 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 are always happy to help out fellow underwater enthusiasts. Happy diving!