Your First Scuba Gear: Dive Mask (Part 2)

Hello again my fellow compressed air breathing friends!

Previously, I’d mentioned about the importance of owning your own mask. Now, I’ll tell you the considerations of how to tell if a mask fits you. So… here goes!

Scubapro Spectra 2 Mask in Clear and Pink.

Fitting:

After picking out a few designs that catch your eye, get your hair and the straps out of the way and place the mask over your face. The skirting should rest evenly on your face without any gaps.

1st test: Inhale once normally through your nose and hold your breath to create a suction. Proceed to shake your head, look up, look down. Ensure the mask doesn’t fall off and stays in place. Listen for any sounds that might indicate air leaking into the mask. If so, the mask may not be fitting for your facial structure.

2nd test: Inhale again through your nose and hold your breath, checking if you’re able to fully pinch your nose and pop your ears, this step is to test if you can equalize with the mask over your face.
Ultimately, you’ll probably find a few masks that fits your face and nose structure. From there you can narrow your choices down to design, colour and functions. Else, don’t ever give up your search for ‘The Mask’.

Lenses:

Single or Dual lens? Hmm… it really all comes down to preference. However if you’re getting prescription lenses, you probably would like to stick with dual lens (unless you’re one really lucky fella to have the same degree on both eyes, then by all means go ahead for single lens). Otherwise, a single lens would generally give you a larger peripheral vision, hence a wider range of view.

Skirting:

Then there’s mask skirting. Material is key, then comes colour.

You will find quality mask skirts are usually made of silicone. General rule of thumb is to avoid plastic skirting. There are skirtings made of plastic and can be quite stiff, meaning to say.. inflexible. This will definitely not give you a good seal plus they’re not meant to last very long. In the end, you’ll just waste your hard earned money. Throwing plastic away isn’t environmentally friendly too BTW 🙁

So definitely make sure the mask feels comfortable before you actually make that purchase!
Opaque vs. Clear; what’s the difference anyway? IMO, clear skirting masks allows for more light to pass through. Diving in more shadowed waters with a clear skirting would definitely be a bonus. However, overtime clear mask skirting does turn yellowish. Alternatively, opaque skirting masks blocks out direct light that shine to top of some divers would otherwise find blinding which disturb your vision. Furthermore it wouldn’t discolour.

My recommendation: Gull Vader!

With the above mentioned considerations, I chose Gull Vader and never looked back! Something really special about Gull Vader is that they have a wide variety of colours to choose from to match your style! Feature wise, this really unique wide angled mask has polarized lens for much better visibility and contrast, just like UHD television! Plus there’s UV tint protection for your precious, precious eyes. The skirting itself is extremely velvety soft too! You know how when you return to the boat to remove your mask and sometimes your friends have this imprinted mask shape over their faces? Well, never have that embarrassing experience with your own Gull Vader! This equipment is truly a work of art! Definitely highly recommended to give it a try!! 😀

Gull Vader Masks

Scubapro Neoprene Mask Strap Cover in Black. Available in other dual-sided colours too!

Mask Strap Covers:

Ladies, I’m extremely sure you are familiar with this tugged on your hair feeling every time you remove your masks. If you have yet to experience this, trust me, protect your previous mane and invest a little more in a mask strap cover. Whatever your hair length (yes, even for too guys), that tug is not a good feeling at all, what’s worst is if your frindge or parts of your hair gets tangled around your mask. Easy-to-install and with added velcro ensures the mask strap stays in place, enhancing your comfort during dives. Strongly recommended for everyone 🙂 Of course you can always check out our range of choices at Amazing Dive! As usual, do contact us @9677 3627 in advance, just to ensure we’re not out there scuba diving with our most loved scuba diving gears.

Come visit Amazing Dive today!

Your First Scuba Gear: Dive Mask (Part 1)

Now that you’ve got your Open Water Certificate, the next step is what gear you should get. Or maybe you’re still sitting on the fence and deciding what you want to get first. With such a vast variety, how is one to decide? How are you even supposed to know what to buy?

Well my compressed-air-breathing buddies, this is my take on Your First Scuba Gear: Dive Mask, especially for you! 😀

Scuba diving can mean so many things for different people; to a marine biologist it may be for research, to a yogi maybe it’s a form of meditation (because humans can’t talk underwater right? lol) and for me, well it’s because I love everything about the ocean and the majestic beauty of the deep blue. One thing for sure is this — everyone wants to see, everyone wants to experience, everyone needs a mask.

Scubapro Solo Mask

A proper fitted mask is super important because it is a personal diving equipment that may fit on you and not necessarily on another individual. It is the only equipment that allows you to view the magical wonders underwater. Comfort and fit is therefore the most important consideration here. With proper care, a quality dive mask can last many years without you having to go through the hassle of trying that randomly rented mask without knowing if it’ll fit you at all. What’s the point of diving then? Of course, if you really want to know the proper way of how to purchase your own mask that fits you, stay tuned!! By the way, you can drop by Amazing Dive to try out their range of masks and ask for advice too! But do contact us @9677 3627 in advance, just to ensure we’re not out there diving (which we wish we could, every day).

Amazing Dive at Tenggol – 30 Meters Visibility!

About Tenggol
It was my first time in Tenggol and I was kind of excited because I’ve heard so much about the exceptional dives and visibility there. The island, located just on the East Coast of Malaysia is surrounded by clear blue warm waters from South China Sea. It’s not as commercialised as its neighbours; Redang and Perhentain, and still a hidden gem waiting to be discovered!

Scuba Diving in Tenggol

Besides the lush emerald forests that surrounds this island, there is an abundance of marine life such as: Nudibranch, Turtles, Humphead Parrotfish, Barracudas, Rays, Batfish, Triggerfish, Flase Clownfish, Sharks and the highlight  (if you’re ever so lucky) Whale Sharks can be spotted when diving in Tenggol too! There are so many schools of fishes, it really so hard to capture them all on my camera as I was too mesmerised in the beauty of what our majestic ocean has to offer.

 

Tenggol Coral Beach has lots of wrecks within their house reefs for endless exploration! Don’t just take my word for it though, you really have to see it to believe it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Other than the diving, I was pretty lucky to travel with this crazy fun amazing bunch of people! All the drinking games made my stomach hurt like mad, but it was so worth it.

 

P.S. – Yes, we controlled our drinking consumption, in case you’re wondering. Please do not even think about consuming alcohol if you know that you will drink more than your own limit. Why waste your chances of diving and risking your life as such destination dive location?

If you’re planning to visit Tenggol, why not join us on an Amazing fun ride? Although we can’t guarantee the marine life you will spot, we definitely promise you so much fun and laughter, your tummy will probably hurt real bad!! Not to mention, unforgettable memories 😀

 

Join us on our next Tenggol trip happening 25 to 28 May 2017!
(Only 1 day leave required on 26 May)

Email us at [email protected] or contact us @96773627 for more details! We offer  Scuba Diving Courses, Destination Dive Trips and Scubapro Equipment too!! So see ya’ll real soon 😀

Additional photo credits: Wee Seng Yong, Ernest Chew