Diving with a full face mask allows you to breathe from your nose and mouth and provides added comfort in colder water. The mask can also be fitted with communication gear, which can be useful for various types of speciality diving.
Working divers, such as public safety divers, use full face masks because they protect the eyes and nose from contaminants in the water, provide comfort in cold water, and allow for communication. If you’re interested in public safety diving, scientific diving, or venturing into extremely cold-water, then learning to dive with a Full Face Mask is definitely for you. Because full face masks allow you to breathe from your nose, they are also beneficial for those who have difficulty using standard scuba masks. Diving with a full face mask offers a different experience and that alone may be a reason to give it a try.
You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old to enrol in the Full Face Mask Diver course.
There are several different types of full face masks, so you begin learning about varying mask features and components. Next, you learn techniques for preparing and diving with a full face mask as well as proper maintenance. During a confined water dive, you get comfortable using your mask and practice skills in preparation for your open water dives. In open water, during two dives, you’ll demonstrate your ability to:
- Properly prepare and check your mask for the dive.
- Make adjustments underwater and clear water out of the mask.
- Respond to simulated out-of-gas emergency situations.
Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Besides your basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a full face mask that fits you and works with a regulator. You also need to have an alternate air source. Your Phoenix PADI Instructor will suggest other gear as appropriate, such as a dry suit if diving in cold water.
As soon as you sign up (added the course to your cart and payment cleared) with Phoenix Divers to do your PADI Full Face Mask Diver Course, you will receive an email with all the information you need, your Phoenix Divers PADI Instructor will then contact you about scheduling time for practical training.
You will undergo 3 practical days, usually over weekends.