Enjoy scuba diving in South Africa with a mask that fits properly. Don’t be the person who needs to spend time fiddling with your mask because you didn’t choose a mask that fits the way it should. Everyone has a uniquely shaped face, so there isn’t a single type that is best for everyone. It is a wise idea to do a few simple tests before you choose your mask. Never choose a mask because of the way it looks on the shelf or because someone told you it’s the ‘best mask’. You will need to decide that it is the perfect fit for you.
Try these easy steps when choosing a mask
When you try on a mask, start by holding your breath. Lightly place the mask up against your face and press very slightly. When you let go of the mask, it should stick to your face without you having to hold it in place. Don’t inhale through your nose when you let go of the mask. You can make just about any mask stick to your face if you inhale through your nose hard enough. The better the mask seals to your face the less likely you’ll have any leaks when moving your head in the water. This quick test will narrow down the best mask for you by weeding out the masks that don’t fit you properly. No matter how much you liked the look of that mask when you took it off the shelf, if it doesn’t pass this test, find another mask.
Safer scuba diving with a properly fitting mask
A well-fitting mask will feel very comfortable since you won’t have to over-tighten the mask strap to keep it from leaking. You only need to tighten it enough to keep the mask from shifting on your face when you turn your head. Most of the seal should come from the skirt of the mask – the rubber-like portion of the mask that makes contact with your face – not the strap. Its purpose is to make a water tight seal against your skin, and if it doesn’t seal properly, it will cause problems like leaking and fogging. For excellent scuba diving in South Africa, use a mask that fits properly.