Have you developed the skills and confidence to execute a proper safety stop and surfacing procedure?
Finding the right dive mask is essential to your comfort and enjoyment under water. Doing so involves four things.
Here are some general recommendations that apply to most defogging solutions:
To a large degree, you care for your mask the same as you would any other piece of dive equipment.
A mask can easily seduce you with factors ranging from color to style and features. None of these matter, however, unless the mask fits. Don’t settle for anything less than a perfect fit.
Mask clearing has always been among many new divers’ least favorite skills. The good news is that most new divers have little difficulty with this skill (even if they may not be particularly fond of it). The bad news is, some new divers really struggle with this.
To start, you need the right cleaning agent. Possible candidates for this include non-abrasive cleansers, toothpaste and dishwashing detergent. The best solution, however, is commercial products made especially for mask preparation. This is what we recommend.
Here are a few items you can include in your logbook to help you stay organized and honest, track progress, and work on self-improvement as a diver.
Your open water course just can’t cover everything there is to know and I’m here to provide a few answers.
Having the correct weight makes it easier to get neutrally buoyant. It also helps with air consumption and it means you have to haul less weight to and from the dive site. Before we can determine our weighting requirements, we have to look at what factors are affecting us.