Removing and replacing a scuba mask is the skill that most new divers worry about. However with a few simple steps you can master this skill.
Before you learn to remove and replace your mask completely you should practice clearing the mask until you are comfortable with this skill. Remember – when clearing scuba masks start breathing out before you tilt your head up to prevent water going up your nose.
The magic snorkel:
To prepare in advance for the mask removal you can practice at home with a snorkel. Fill a basin with COLD water and place your face in the water. Breathe through the snorkel to become comfortable with having your face in water whilst still breathing. Each time you do it try and stay an additional couple of breaths till you’re employed up to 30 seconds.
Practice in your comfort zone:
When you’re able to practice at your next scuba diving session demand to practice (heck you are paying for it-the instructor WORKS FOR YOU) in the shallow end first before going into the deeper water. When you do have to do the mask removal, try and take things slow and focus on your respiring when you’re twitchy. If you need to, throw the panic signal up sign and your instructor will bring you to the surface.
Mask removal and replace Ã¯Â¿Â½ step by step:
Remember the point of the practice sessions is to build your confidence, if things are not going well ask to take five and come back to the skill later. When you master a new scuba diving ability there’s always a great sense of accomplishment. Guaranteeing you are assured with mask clearing, practice with the magic snorkel at home and taking things slowly in the pool session will help you remove and replace your mask simply and with confidence.