“Full face mask, are you kidding, aren’t those are for the military and other diving professionals?” you might be asking.
Several years ago you would be correct, but now full face masks are becoming more popular with sport and recreational divers for a number of reasons.
As with almost any new gadget or technology, cost decreases and ease of use increases once something has been on the market for a while — and full face masks are no exception.
A full face mask covers the whole face, including the mouth and nose. It eliminates the need for an external regulator and mouthpiece, allowing you to breathe normally as you would on land. Some have the second stage regulator built-in, whereas other models allow you to connect your existing second stage to it.
You should receive some training before you just pull one over your face and head overboard. Whether it’s a formal class or your local dive shop experts, make sure you learn how to properly use it.
You should learn how to:
A Few More Tips:
Some FFMs come equipped with equalization blocks that can be moved up against the nostrils for clearing yours ears. If equalizing is a challenge for you, look for one that has this feature.
Fogging seems to be less of a problem for FFMs that have integrated regulators compared to ones that attach to an external regulator.
Full face masks are more expensive than a standard half mask. However, if you purchase one with an integrated second stage regulator, your cost is going to comparable to a high-quality traditional mask and regulator. If taken care of properly, they will last a long time and usually have good warranty.
Convinced? Great! Check out our supply of full face masks at ScubaToys.com! Call us at 972-820-7667 or wing by our shop in Carrollton, Texas, and we’ll get set up.
Do you dive with a full face mask? If so, let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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