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How to Quickly Check a Rental Scuba Mask for Fit

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on How to Quickly Check a Rental Scuba Mask for Fit Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks
Dive mask.

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A lot of casual scuba divers don’t own item number one of their own scuba gear, and the first thing said diver must navigate for virtually every scuba and snorkeling trip is finding a dive mask that fits. Often the dive operator will simply give you a mask, but given that a bad fit can ruin your dive with perpetual leaks or an awful case of “mask face,” getting the fit right on that rental mask is just as important as if you were trying the fit to buy the mask. Following these steps ought to help you sift through dive masks and quickly arrive at a decent fit.

  1. Move your hair out of the way, and make sure none of it winds up under the skirt. For men and women both, long hair sometimes creeps in and breaks the seal of the mask skirt, causing problems underwater. The same thing applies on land, since you can’t test the mask without a good seal.
  2. Push the mask strap up and aside, so you aren’t actually wearing it. Place the mask on your face and gently inhale through your nose, sucking the mask onto your face. Don’t suck too hard through your nose, since using all your lung power would probably hold even a bad mask in place.  If you can hold the mask to your face with only moderate suction alone, and the mask feels comfortable, you have a good candidate for the mask you want.
  3. Adjust the mask strap to fit loosely around your head, offering only moderate resistance. Try Step 3’s suction test again. The loose strap and the moderate suction ought to hold the mask in place for several minutes without help. It it can do this and you are comfortable wearing the mask, you have a winner.