Spinoff: During a dive, does your mask leak at all?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by psychocabbage, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. psychocabbage

    psychocabbage Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Texas
    Mine does not. You can see the beads of sweat on my face until I get on the boat and break the seal. The strap is super loose. Its just a perfect fitting mask.

    My wife has 4 masks. She generally has issues with them and will have to clear them periodically.

    I contend that this should not be normal.

    What say you?
  2. SkipperJohn

    SkipperJohn Surface Interval Member

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Oceanside NY
    for over 25 years all of my masks have leaked a little. Not an issue.
    The only time it was an issue is when I bought a mask that had a purge valve and it leaked.
  3. drl

    drl Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago suburbs
    Mine leaks only if I laugh, or grin really broadly (the cheek movement compromises the seal a little). Otherwise, not a drop.
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, Nova Scotia (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
    I have to still be conscious at times of exhaling slightly through my nose. When I don't do it, my mask rarely leaks.
  5. Clanggedin

    Clanggedin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Salem, UT
    If I have freshly shaved then my mask leaks, but if I have stubble it doesn't leak. Go figure.
  6. Sonic04GT

    Sonic04GT Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: West Palm Beach, FL
    My Tusa mask with precription inserts leaks a little but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. My Scubapro Marin is great.
  7. tfsails

    tfsails Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Richmond VA
    Mine leaks around my moustache if I've forgotten to shave it off under the nose. Otherwise, it's fine.

    I tend to exhale through my nose a lot, so I'm always breaking the seal.
  8. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    She may or may not ever find a mask that fits perfectly. There are no guarantees that anybody makes a mask that happens to match her face.

    I have a SCUBAPro XQ (old and out of production) that fits me perfectly and doesn't leak. Every other mask I've tried does leak, so when my old mask finally dies, I'll probably be in the "leaky mask" camp.

    As long as it's not a continuous thing and only requires clearing a few times during the dive, it shouldn't be a big deal. If it leaks a lot, she should probably keep looking and/or have an experienced diver check it out in a pool to figure out why it's leaking. Sometimes it's as simple as a strap position/tension adjustment, while other times the mask is really just not the right shape.

    If you have a friendly LDS, see if they'll let you take an assortment to the pool. That's about the only way you'll really be able to know what works.

  9. DBailey

    DBailey Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago
    My mask does not leak unless I smile, laugh, or take the regulator out (and put it back in).

    Granted, there are the "bad" mask days that not matter what happens, my mask seems to trickle in a tiny bit of water.
  10. 300bar

    300bar ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    All most al masks fit me perfectly,no leaks,

    Unless one of my students realy messes up and I start to laugh.:D
  11. AlabamaSusana

    AlabamaSusana Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona (formerly Lower Alab
    All of my masks (and I have many) leak to some extent. I keep trying. My current favorite is the ScubaPro ClearVue, it appears to be well-designed for a small face.
  12. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capitol region of New York
    Sometimes forget and nose breath, of course it leaks then a bit.
    With full beard have learned that shaving top half of lip before the dive is vital to prevent leak!

    I have had a sunscreen stick of some sort I found years ago and keep in my save a dive for days I just can't keep it sealed right. Very effective, unless I nose breath. Then any mask leaks.
  13. under water

    under water Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tampa - St Petersburg
    Older pictures of me usually show about an inch of water in the mask when posing vertically. I now use an Oceanic shadow that fits me much better and less water now gets in, but still some.
    I find that at the beginning of dives I need to let some in and swish it around to unfog the mask, even when I use de-fog (natural or purchased).
  14. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

    # of Dives:
    Location: Woodinville, WA
    My first three masks leaked slowly but steadily. The one I have now doesn't leak AT ALL on 90% of my dives. Occasionally, I'll get it cockeyed or get some hair under the skirt, and get a few small drops. It's delightful to have a truly dry mask.
  15. FritzCat66

    FritzCat66 Florida Reef Cat ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Florida's Space Coast
    I have a beard and moustache, so a little leaking is just normal around the nose. However, I notice less leaking when the moustache is grown out and more leaking if it's short and stubbly - go figure; I guess if if the hairs are long enough to "lay down" they compress and don't leak as much.

    Anyway, I compensate and keep the mask clear by constantly exhaling just a little from my nose. It gets to be habit. However, that means I need really good industrial-strength defog, and I've tried many, including plain old baby shampoo, etc. My current favorite is the Sea Gold gel - as good as I've found but it's still not perfect.

    Another trick I learned is to sort of scrunch up my face right before putting the mask on, then un-scrunch when the mask is on but before I really press it down to seal. Easier to show than to describe in words, but it does help keep down the little leaks I used to get from changing facial expression underwater.

    I have also recently started to use the silicone Mask Sealant sold by Dive Right In Scuba, that I found out about right here on SB. I have to say, I was initially skeptical, but turns out it works very well, even around the moustache, and one application lasts several dives. Good stuff, although it can't compensate for a poorly-fitting mask to begin with.

    Oh, one other thing learned from experience... if you wear a thin spandex hood like I do, make sure you run your finger all around the face opening to ensure none of it is caught under your mask seal! :doh:
  16. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capitol region of New York
    After many years of martial arts, where breathing threw the nose is so important to stamina, it can be real hard to remember to mouth breath only when diving!

    At least a little leak makes it easy to de fog: look down, roll head a bit, look up. Viola, no fog. Small blessings, huh?:D
  17. SouthSideScubaSteve

    SouthSideScubaSteve Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Chicago - South Suburbs
    I have a mustache and had problems with my first 2 masks (one purge style & one not) leaking consistently. I tried Vaseline and chap-stick, but it didn't seem to help. I then started shaving a small gap just under my nose and that helped, but I still had issues ... Basically, they were both cheap & really didn't fit quite right!

    Since getting my Aqualung MicroMask I've got no leaks at all!! However, I've found that I need to break the seal after entering the water to defog it, then it's ok until the water temp changes (by even a little as 3-5 degrees) & then it fogs right up again...
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  18. farsidefan1

    farsidefan1 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Salt Lake Valley, Utah USA
    4 of my 5 masks leak a bit. The 5th is a scubapro prescription mask which NEVER leaks. Amazing as I sport a full beard (shaved very close). If not for that 5th mask I would not believe anyone who said they had a mask that doesn't leak at least a bit.
  19. Walter

    Walter Scuba Instructor

    Who cares? Clearing a mask is ridiculously easy.
  20. Blackwood

    Blackwood SoCal DIR

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Redondo Beach (SoCal, not Washington)
    Mine usually leak, and if they're really clean (i.e. nothing for fog to cling to) and cold the condensation will pool up at the bottom.

    As Walter said, no biggy.

    ... or SCUBA diving where exhaling through the nose is important for equalizing.

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