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Diving Masks

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Diving masks are part of your basic equipment, they consist of a lens, a rubber skirt, and a strap, and they also come in a variety of styles. And in the company of a Snorkel and Fins, you will start enjoying the underwater world.

When buying a Diving Mask

TIP # 1: Look at the lens and see if is TEMPERED glass (they resist scratches and breakage, and if broken, tempered glass will crumble into small, less dangerous, pieces).

TIP #2: Mask materials are Neoprene rubber that is used for less expensive masks and Silicone masks that last three to four times longer than neoprene. Both materials can be colored but today's favorite coloring agent used in masks is black.

TIP #3: Silicone clear or translucent masks are more commonly used than black. People prefer these because they allow more light. After few years and/or lack of use, it becomes yellow.

TIP # 4: A diving mask that does't fit properly may be uncomfortable and leak. To determine if mask fits, follow these steps: A) remove strap out of the way. B) Place mask lightly against your face while looking up. C) Inhale through the nose and the mask should remain firmly in place, despite gentle tugging or head shaking.

Make it a habit to always perform a check on all your equipment before a dive.

Masks Maintenance

When new, diving masks have an oily film over the surface. To remove it, put a small drop of toothpaste (not gel) on the lens and rub over it, thoroughly, then rinse the mask in fresh water. Repeat if necessary. Also use this method after long storage periods, in between, diving; it will help prevent the mask fogging up while diving.

Other effective de-fogging methods are saliva: inexpensive and readily available and it works by letting the saliva dry for a second or two, and then rinsing the mask out. Other special anti-fog solutions are sold in all dive shops. Just remember to rinse your mask out properly because you don't want to get it in your eyes. While underwater, to defog your mask, simply let water go inside the mask and clean it the way you were taught.

After diving, always clean all your equipment in fresh water; removing all the salt, dirt, and sediments like sand. Remember to dry your equipment out of direct sunlight.

Time to choose one

Mask with single lens

First style mask used by divers since 1930s-1940s, high internal volume (for equalizing and clearing). They had a narrow field of vision in early years, but new style of single lens provides a wide field of vision with lens that is semi-flat. You can also find masks wit lenses on the side. See examples below.

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Mask with double lens

A revolution that started in the 1980. Very low volume, easy to equalize and clear. This type of mask is good when you require to change lenses for prescription lenses. See examples below.

Diving Masks doble lens. Diving masks_double_lens Riffe Scuba Pro Body Glove

Mask with Angle lens

New style of masks with an angle on the lens to provide better view of chest area. You can find single and double lens masks in this style. See examples below.

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Other Mask Styles

Mask with Purge valve

Mask with purge valve
The purge valve allows water to drain easily out of the mask, by exhaling through your nose. Good for snorkeling, but in our opinion, not for diving. The purge valve can become an obstacle when pinching your nose to equalize your ears.

Bare - Trio

Mask with side lenses
A style that came in the 90's to provide a better visual angle by adding side lenses on the mask.

Mask with a different angle
To provide a better visual angle. This style is an upgrade from the masks with side lences.

Liquid Image Mask

Mask and Camera
Wide angle video camera that captures what you see. Records video HD 1080P at 30fps and 720P Video at 60fps Photo 12.0 MP interpolated images through. Maximum depth to 130ft/40m.

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Mask with GoPro attachment
The GoPro camera has attachments for everything. See our reviews on the GoPro camera.

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Mask with no frame
New style of mask design with no frame, reduced weight and folds easily to fit in any BCD pocket.

Mask with coloured lenses
The coloured lenses mask like the one shown on the left has a non reflective coating lenses. Leads to increased contrast, protects from the Sun, enhances clarity and colours.

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Full-face masks (FFM)
Often used in professional diving. They are relatively rarely used in recreational diving, where they protect the face from cold water or stings, such as from jellyfish or coral.

Full-face masks (FFM) with communication
This style of masks has a air circulation system that eliminates mask fogging. Also comes with a communication unit, finally the solution to talk underwater. Price range around US$ 600 and with the communication unit around US $ 1000 dollars.

Computer_Diving mask

LCD inside the mask will provide the same data as a diving computer: current depth, elapsed dive time, cylinder pressure, and dive time remaining.More about diving computers