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Question re: water in my mask

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by UODuckman2002, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. UODuckman2002

    UODuckman2002 Registered

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    My wife and I are doing our open water course at the end of the month, and since she has never used a mask and snorkel before, so we hit the pool so she could get used to it. I took mine as well, so she wouldn't "feel foolish," and while swimming about I noticed I was getting water in the nose "cup." I do have some stubble under my nose, and I hope that's why, but I'm curious if anyone else has experienced this, if my moustachioed brothers experience this, or could there be a fit problem?
     
  2. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Some can away with a mustache. I can't I clean shave before getting in the water.

    I've heard Vaseline can help but cleaning that up is more trouble than it's worth for me.
     
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  3. homerdoc

    homerdoc Contributor

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    If it just started and was fine before maybe stubble, I would guess if first time used and it did it, fit.

    I can grow stubble and never have a problem with my mask whether shaved or not.
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. UODuckman2002

    UODuckman2002 Registered

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    Dang it, this was the first time I used the mask! I'll try it again with a tightened strap.
     
  6. UODuckman2002

    UODuckman2002 Registered

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    I thought so. The pros at my local dive shop signed off on it, and it certainly wasn't the most expensive mask so price wasn't a factor. Recommendations on fixing the fit?
     
  7. USdiver1

    USdiver1 Divemaster

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    I've had a 'stache for several decades now, I just shave a 1/2 inch under my nose and use a close fitting mask. leakage problems solved. You will get the occasional leak but also your OW class will teach you how to clear your mask. Enjoy your class and welcome to the world of diving.
     
  8. UODuckman2002

    UODuckman2002 Registered

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    I need to learn their secret. I only shave once every one to two weeks.
     
  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Shrug I said the same thing then just realized it's just different people's body.

    You mentioned it was first time using that mask so it might be fit. I went through 6 mask each one passed the in shop test but leaked in the water. The only fix is try other mask, when you find the perfect one, buy 2.
     
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  10. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Contributor

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    more than likely because of the stubble...but it could just be a poor fitting mask.

    a run a full beard most of the time and constantly battle with leaks.....there are a few ways to combat it however.

    1) buy a mask that doesnt have much of a "lip" under the nose pocket
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    that will allow it to fit over any mustache you may have and i typically get a good seal this way........the down side, it is uncomfortable, because theres no "lip", it does press into your face and begin to hurt after a while

    2) you can smear your upper lip with silicon grease, this helps the mask to seal against the mustache hairs and actually does a pretty good job.

    3) you can just learn to live with a bit of water in your mask.....honestly thats what i do most of the time.....it really doesnt take much to clear a mask.

    4) make sure you are clean shaven.




    i would shave clean, then try the mask again......if its still leaking, you may need a different mask.
     

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