Author: <span class="vcard">Lisa Herman</span>

Cover My Full Face


Everyone has that one thing that calms them when their nerves are raw, when nothing else seems to work. I know a friend of mine who just sleeps it off. Another one works it out in the gym. However, I am a different kettle of fish altogether. When I feel pressed down by issues, I find water. It is my therapy, honestly. I can swim, sail or snorkel. I can also dive. When I do not have the time for all of that, I just need to sit down by a body of water and it really assuages me, leaving me feeling much better and comforted.

This time around, I have been working hard in the office since last summer. I have gotten my well earned holiday and I intend to use it well and de-stress my poor old self. I have decided to take a snorkeling vacation, you know, practically live on the beach for a few days and snorkel my heart out. I have already found the best scuba gear packages with a nice dive shop in the Florida Keys. I hope to take some diving shots too.

This is not my first time to snorkel. I have snorkeled many times before, and so as I plan this vacation, I have been thinking that I have everything that I need. However, as I did a last check on my gear, I realized I needed something, a full face snorkeling mask. I no longer care to use a traditional snorkeling mask. Let’s say I am just tired of biting ends in my mouth just so I can breathe. I need a full-face snorkeling mask.

Why use full face masks?

I am now looking for the best full face snorkel masks. The benefits are incredible. One of them is that you get to breathe just as well as you breathe on land. Your face does not get into contact with water and if it does, there is a purge valve for getting it out.

The field of view is incredibly wide! It is almost as if you are not wearing anything at all. You can see all around you. Thus, you will not miss any action if you are snorkeling with the turtles or the fish.

Despite all the benefits that full face masks come with, it is not expensive and it lasts a long time. Thus, you can order it without fear, knowing that you will get good value for the money that you spend on it.

Full face masks for snorkeling and scuba diving are all the rage, even for glasses wearers who love water sports. Thus, if you wear spectacles like I do, you can ask for snorkeling masks already fitted with corrective lenses.

There are many more benefits to buying full-face snorkeling masks. If you would like one too, here are two that you can consider buying:

Tribord Subea Mask

Tribord Subea Easybreath

This is one of the best full face masks in the market today. You can buy it with the confidence that it will last a long time and give you great value for money. The silicone skirt around the mask makes it fit comfortably around the face. With a wide angle of view and anti-fogging capability, this full face mask enhances your visual capability inside the water. If you like, you can choose a GoPro mount for the mask to mount your camera.

Pros

  • Very popular, highly rated and reviewed
  • Sold with a warranty of 2 years
  • Anti-fog
  • Fits snugly and comfortably on the face
  • Clear vision in the water

Cons

  • Some people have complained that the mask leaks

WSTOO full face snorkeling mask

WSTOO full face 180 degrees

This is another popular full face snorkel mask. With 180 degrees of view, you will be able to enjoy a lot of sea wonders around you. Besides, this mask is so well made such it allows you to breathe almost as well as you would on dry land.  The mask is so well designed such that it does not fog up. It also does not form condensation to obliterate your view.

Pros

  • The price is quite affordable
  • Wide angle of view
  • No fogging or condensation inside
  • Silicone skirt is very comfortable
  • 90-day guarantee

Cons

  • Some people have complained of small leaks

These are The Pros & Cons


I still remember the very first time that I wore my full face mask for snorkeling for the first time. I can almost relive the thrill that flowed down my spine. I knew that my snorkeling experience and adventures would never be the same again. I was sure I had made the right decision by buying the full face snorkel mask.

Just as its name suggests, you wear this mask over your entire face. It has a strap for fastening it behind the back of your head. In the part that fits around the face, it is designed with a silicone skirt that keeps the water out of your face.

This means that your face is housed in a vacuum and as a result, you do not need to bite on an air pipe to breathe, as you would have to do with a traditional snorkeling mask. Once you test one of these snorkeling masks and you see just how effective it is, you will see just why it is so popular with snorkeling enthusiasts.

Here are the main benefits of using a full face snorkel mask:

Keeps water out of your face

Person wearing protective gear in water

One of the nasty experiences that we have all experienced in water at one time or another was swallowing salty water. Now, with a fitting full face snorkeling mask, that need not be a problem at all. The silicone skirt of the mask is good for sealing around the entire face. It keeps the water out of your face. Silicone is also good for people with sensitive skins.

Some masks may leak. However, you will find that the amount of water that they let in is so little as compared to what you would get with a traditional mask. Please note that the mask is not supposed to leak, so you can always return it for a replacement if it is still under warranty.

It is easy to secure on your face

The full face mask is secured to the back of your head by use of straps at the back. They are adjustable, so you can find your fit easily. In any case, dive and snorkel masks come in different sizes, so you can always choose the best one for you. With the mask secure on your face, you will have your hands free to swim around.

Breathing naturally

Under water picture of a diver beside big fish

This is the biggest benefit. You get to breathe just as you would if you were on dry land. Without fogging or condensation forming, you can see clearly in the water.

Some downsides of a full face snorkel mask

It is bulky and large – That is something that you can guess from the size of the mask. Before you get used to it, you may experience some fatigue. Compared to the traditional snorkel masks, the weight is higher.

Carbon dioxide build-up – The full face mask has a vacuum. When you breathe carbon dioxide out, it stays in the mask and you rebreathe it again. This could make you feel dizzy especially when you are snorkeling vigorously.
May not be good for freediving – The reason for this is that pressure builds in your ears as you descend. You have to gulp or yawn to lower the pressure, which is impossible when you are wearing a full face mask. With this mask, you may not experience the joys of the deep waters.


Maintaining the Gear


Scuba gear is expensive, and so you want to be sure that you maintain yours in the best way possible so that it can last a long time. While most people love diving and the freedom that the buoyancy in the deep water gives them, it is a different matter when it comes to maintaining gear. However, maintain if you must, unless you want to buy a new set come to the next diving vacation.

Diver's picture

I taught myself how to maintain my scuba diving gear. Actually it is not hard and once you make a habit of it, it practically becomes second nature to you. After every diving vacation that I take, I make sure that I do not store my gear without cleaning it and checking it for damages.

If you have just started diving, here are a few helpful tips that can help you enjoy using your scuba gear for a long time.

Rinse your gear with fresh water

Cleaning gear with water

The wetsuit, scuba mask, scuba fins, booties and any other gear should be rinsed with fresh water after diving. If you have been diving in the ocean, you know how salty the water is. If you store your gear without rinsing it, the salt will damage it. It is not only the wearable gear like your dive computer, watch, wetsuit/drysuit or shoes that you have to rinse. Even the hard gear such as the scuba tank, hose and regulator needs to be rinsed. Let’s just say that anything that got into contact with the ocean water has to be rinsed.

Dry your gear with care

It is best to dry your gear in the air. However, make sure that you do not expose it to direct sunlight because the UV rays could damage it. After coming from the salty water in the ocean, you know your gear is a bit sensitive and that is why you want to keep it out of the direct sunlight. Even when you are carrying your gear to the beach, always pack it in a protective bag. You should never expose it too much in the sunlight unless you have to.

Store your gear in the right way

When you get home after a dive, you clean the gear and dry it in the open air carefully. After that, you store the gear until the next diving vacation comes along. It is best to store the diving gear in a dark and dry place where it will have a lot of fresh air. Do not just toss it in the garage without removing it from the dive gear travel bag.

Handle your gear delicately

Everything related to diving is very delicate. Thus, you want to handle it with care. When you are

hanging your neoprene suit, gloves and booties, do not use metal hangers as they could pierce it. Use plastic. If you throw your scuba diving mask around, it could break. When traveling, be keen on the gear as it could suffer damage from being tossed about. Rodents have a habit of chewing cables, neoprene and rubber. Make sure you do not have rats in the storage rooms.