28 Apr Dive mask: How to optimize it to avoid source of troubles
How to find the perfect scuba dive mask
Your dive mask is an important part of your dive kit! That´s why it is recommendable to have a spare mask with you, particularly inside the water, not only in your box. A good place to store it during a dive is your pocket on your suit. There are some differences between scuba dive masks. I personally prefer the single glass mask, because of its low volume and wide range of view. If you need eyeglasses, it is probably better to use a mask with two glasses. For some brands you can get cheap optical glasses which are easy to change.
The mask strap is the weak point on most dive masks and you should optimize it
You´ve likely seen the neoprene straps on some divers mask. This mostly colorful straps makes it easier to find your mask and it also stops your mask from sinking. The neoprene cover protect the silicon strap from scratches and cuttings as well. Some divers say it is more comfortable with long hair, other say not, so that´s on you.
But the weakest point on a divers mask are the plastic buckles between the strap and the mask-body. It is as always, there are better and worse, however it´s a trap for your line, as on setting up a DSMB for example.
Optimizing your mask reduce the risk to get into troubles so it is worth the 10 minutes to do it.
Optimizations for a perfect dive mask
In this step-by-step guide I will show you how to optimize an already not bad mask: the Oceanic shadow. Its original strap is perfect, but as a dive instructor I prefer neon colors which make it easier for my students to detect me.
Tools you need
- Carpet cutter
- Universal pliers
- Tiny screwdriver or nail
- Heat gun, lighter
- Dive mask
- New mask strap
- Shrink tube
- Piece of stainless steel wire
- Cutting resistent rest
The workflow in detail
Two pieces of shrink tube for the new strap
Cut from the shrink tube two pieces with 4 cm to cover the buckles for length adjustment.
Here on this picture you also see the finished wire socket and the Maskstrap from Innerspace Explorers. It is better to use a mask strap with solid webbing instead of velcro. The velcro do not last very long.