Davy Jones Locker instructor Nik emphasises the importance of diving with a comfortable, well fitting diving mask. All pieces of dive equipment are important in their own specific way, but as your main visual aid while underwater it is well worth making sure you have a piece of equipment that you are happy to use when diving. You may consider pursuing diving as a hobby after completing the PADI Open Water course or Advanced Open Water course. In these circumstances owning your own diving mask is always beneficial while fun diving or pursuing other diving courses.
The importance of a mask when diving
When it comes to diving nothing is more personal then your dive mask. Yes computers are important but they aren’t much use if you are unable to even see them. When it comes down to what you want out of a mask the most important part of it is fit and comfort. You can buy the fanciest one with the biggest price tag and it may be completely wrong for your face. Or you might buy the most affordable bottom shelf model and nothing fits better.
Which type of diving mask do I choose?
There are lots of features to consider when making a purchase. Do you want black skirt or clear skirt. Do you prefer it to have a frame or be frameless? Will you choose a wide range of view or a very tunnel vision like view to focus more? Personally I like a black skirt, big range of view with some periferral vision as well to keep a close eye on my students. So next time you go to purchase a mask take your time. It’s not as simple as buying one and it fitting perfectly! Ask your dive pro about tips and perks for getting one which properly fits.