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Always water in my mask

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by Stretch47, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Necklinsberg

    Necklinsberg Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lancaster County, PA
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    I've know of people having mask leaks if they exhale through their nose. Ask your instructor to observe and see if could be a cause
     
  2. novasquid

    novasquid Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: manassas, va
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    i have the same problem of having water constantly in my mask. and my mask fits me perfectly. on dry land, i can hold a seal with the mask on my face and without the strap holding it up, and hold it for a very long time without effort. i can move my head around, look up, sideways, every which way and the seal will hold.

    as soon as i'm in the water, i can't hold a good seal if i had a million dollars riding on it. i'm still trying to figure out the problem, but suspect a lot of it may have to do with my breathing (unconsciously breathing in/out of my nose when i shouldn't). a small part of it may be when i exhale through the regulator and it pushes the air bubbles up towards my mask, i think it may dislodge my mask enough to let in some water.
     
  3. guruboy

    guruboy Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why would breathing out of your nose let water in? That's what I do to clear my mask...
     
  4. novasquid

    novasquid Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: manassas, va
    306
    32
    to clear a mask you should look up while breathing out, but breathing out while face down will tend to let water in. at least for me.
     
  5. guruboy

    guruboy Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Makes sense.
     
  6. socaljohn

    socaljohn Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern Ca
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    I have had leak issues while snorkeling a few times, in fact yesterday. Problem was ht adjustment on snorkel clip. Snorkel was pulling on mask strap which was pulling on mask seal.
     
  7. Heg

    Heg Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Brisbane
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    I quite often have a little bit of water in my mask. Can't say it bothers me. I do have my mask very loose though...
     
  8. MrChen

    MrChen Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Stuart, Florida
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    I used to have this problem. 1) I had the mask too tight. 2) I have a habit of exhaling from my nose. 3) A different better fitting mask made the difference, even though the first one seems to fit well.

    About the new mask, because it feels different than my first one; The rubber around the mask was much softer. My new mask is a frameless low volume mask, so it doesn't feel as rigid either and molds to my face better. I ordered my new mask online without having ever tried it on, which isn't recommended, but the price was too good to pass up. I ordered the Hog low volume frameless for $29. I couldn't be happier wit hit. HOG Frameless Mask

    I have no idea if the mask will work for you, that's up to you to determine.
     
  9. dfx

    dfx Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Binbrook, ON
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    Pinching the nose to equalize always lets a bit of water into my mask. It's probably a sign of the mask not 100% perfectly fitting, but I have limited choice of masks due to my requirement for optical lenses.

    ---------- Post added September 3rd, 2013 at 09:01 AM ----------

    Also, since it hasn't been mentioned yet.... Shave!
     
  10. DivemasterDennis

    DivemasterDennis DivemasterDennis ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lakewood, Colorado
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    Nose breathing is a big culprit, and likely contributing to your problem. Also, I find effective a small bead of silicon grease around the entire mask skirt to prevent annoying leakage. Focus on those two things- less nose breathing and a little silicon grease, and I think you problem will go away.
    DivemasterDennis
     

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