How to choose a mask

Let Dive Now Whangarei help you choose a mask. If it doesn’t fit well, then it’s no good.  That’s why we have so many on our wall as we have different shaped faces. Get your hair out of the way of where the mask will sit, next get the mask strap out of the way. 

Place the mask against the face and breathe in through your nose.  This should cause the mask to stick to your face.  If it doesn’t, try another.  Make sure the skirt hasn’t folded over.

With the mask stuck on your face, continue to breathe in through your nose and gently pull the mask at the frame to see how hard it is to pull off.  The more force it takes, the better seal you have; therefore less likely to leak.

OK next is comfort

Gently push against the frame of the mask whilst it is on your face. 

It should not touch your face.  This is mimicking the water pressure pushing the mask against your face.

 If this stage gets missed, then you may have a mask that makes you sore or leave a red mark or dent where it has been pressing.

OK, found a couple that fit well.  Next is which has the best Field of Vision.

Stand in one spot with a mask on, you can use the strap.  Without turning your head, note what you can see.  Then do the same with any other mask that fits.

Choose the mask that you can see most out of.

There may be some colour options available.

Do you use glasses or contacts?

For some masks, we can get a limited range of optical lenses.

We can also have some prescription lenses made and glued into your mask.  This is a great option for full and half lenses for reading your computer and gauges.

Black or Clear skirting?

Clear allows more light in.

Black is like wearing a sun hat, it reduces glare.  Some feel it creates a bit of tunnel vision.

Black hides the grime that even with cleaning builds up on the silicone with time and usage.


The strap should sit on the back of your head, not the top. Incorrect position can cause the mask not to seal properly.

Do not over tighten, it should just sit firmly against your face.

Carry a spare strap in your spares kit.

Neoprene Slap straps

Are more comfortable than silicone straps and don’t pull your hair so much.

They are more reliable than silicone.

New masks and fogging

New masks have a layer on the inside of the lens left over from the manufacturing process that needs to be removed before use, otherwise your mask will constantly fog up.

We Sell McNett’s Sea Buff that is designed for this.  White toothpaste also works.

Before jumping in, good old fashioned spit on the inside of the lens whilst they are dry can work as an anti-fog;  “The greener the cleaner.”

Alternatively, we sell McNett’s Sea Drops that replaces the spit option.

If your face is hot and the water is cool, splash your face to cool it down before putting the mask on as this will also reduce fogging.

Other things

Remember when diving to equalise into the mask by breathing out through your nose.