The human eye cannot focus in water. The mask provides an air pocket so your eyes can focus and you can see clearly underwater.
Also known as: scuba mask, dive mask, diver’s mask, goggles (improperly), half mask, face plate
Tempered glass – Plastic fogs up and standard glass is hazardous if accidentally broken.
Desirable features (found in virtually all masks intended for scuba diving)
Feathered, double skirt – Makes mask seal more reliable and comfortable
Wide strap with touch buckle adjustment – Mask adjusts quickly, easily and stay adjusted during the dive
Canted-in bottom – Shapes eye panel for maximum viewing angle up and down and side to side.
Low volume – The smaller the mask, the less drag it has while diving. Your face may require something a bit larger, so don’t consider this an absolute.
Purge valve – Use to blow water out (but you can do this easily without a valve)
Special lenses – Some masks can be fitted with prescription lenses, which is convenient if you wear glasses or use contacts.
How to choose a mask:
For most people, the problem in choosing a mask is deciding which one you like best rather than finding one you like. With the help of someone at your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort, choose several masks with the features you like.
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