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Carrying a Spare Mask. Do you or Don't you?

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Tfast78, May 7, 2012.

  1. Tfast78

    Tfast78 Divemaster Candidate

    I've seen several posts on here where people mention carrying an extra mask in a pocket. I could understand it if I were on a technical dive or something like that but what about for regular OW dives? I would think that if there any type of equipment failure that dive would be over until corrections were made. I've never lost my mask or even had it come off while diving (I have been fin kicked in the face a few times).
  2. JamesK

    JamesK Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: SW Florida
    On any penetration/overhead dive I carry one.

    On a easy peezy OW tootle around and see the pretty fish, which I am really starting to like more and more lol, I don't always carry one. I do if it is a rough shore entry dive as I have seen first hand a mask get ripped off a friends head by the surf. It was an entry that we could only get in from and not out of, so after pulling him from the rocks that he was trashed about in, we had to swim out and go a good distance to get him back to shore. It would have been much easier if we could have descended a bit and dove in because of the high surf.

    So in conclusion, I am all for them.
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  3. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Sometimes I carry one, and sometimes I don't. It all depends upon the dive. If it is a typical resort area reef dive, I never carry one, because the likelihood of losing a mask completely is incredibly remote to begin with, and the consequences of such a loss are similarly minor, because I can still do a safe ascent without one.

    Even my cave instructor has stopped carrying one into caves, saying that he has been doing cave diving and other forms of diving for 38 years and has never heard of anyone losing a mask. He figures the odds are in his favor enough that he is happy to free up pocket space for items that are more likely to be needed.

    When I am in places where the likelihood of a loss or the resulting potential consequences are greater, then I think it through and make a decision.
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  4. RickyF

    RickyF Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Oahu
    I carry an extra mask when I go to dive, but I leave it on the boat.
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  5. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    I do.

    I've lost a mask in surf (took it right off my face).

    I've had to lend my spare to another diver on a ReefCheck survey whose mask strap broke after our long surface swim out to the survey site. Otherwise, we'd all have had a very long wait at the surface or have had to return to shore.

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  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    no I don't
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  7. bug catcher

    bug catcher Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wisconsin
    I saw someone loose their mask after a shore dive. They put it on their forehead and a wave took it off. Leave it on your face or pull it down under your chin & you shouldn't have a problem. Check the strap b/4 each dive!

    ---------- Post added May 7th, 2012 at 05:15 PM ----------

    I carry an extra mask in my gear bag along with a spare strap.-not in my bc pocket.
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  8. Dr Dog

    Dr Dog DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Okanagan/Shuswap BC
    My instructor swipped it off my head everytime I put it on my forehead, it goes around my neck now
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  9. nelsonrl

    nelsonrl Photographer

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Texas
    In my gear bag, not in my pocket.
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  10. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
    I've been tech diving since 1997'ish. This year alone I have 140+ cave dives. I have NEVER lost a mask during a dive. 10,000+ dives, there seems no need. Granted, tomorrow I'll lose a mask, but I'm certain I can swim out without a mask anyway.
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