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It is one of the easiest and most essential elements for diving. First, because without glasses we would be unable to distinguish the beauty of the underwater world and it protects us from direct contact with salt water.

There are two types of glasses. The ones that are most used for recreational scuba diving with a tank and those that are used more for apnea or freediving.

The difference lies in the volume of air they accumulate. Diving masks are usually more spacious with more volume since when descending slowly we have more time to equalize the mask. (Remember that the mask must be equalized by blowing a little air inside so that it does not make our eyes windy). The freediving masks, however, have less volume and it is so that when we descend quickly we do not feel so much pressure and it is easier to equalize since in this modality we must conserve the greatest amount of air. (in freediving it is also important to equalize the mask)

There is a wide variety of types and models of goggles, but the most important thing is to choose ones that adapt well to your face to prevent water from entering during the dive. For that, it is essential that the skirt fits perfectly to your face. The way to verify this is difficult since in the stores they do not usually have a bucket of water where we verify that no water enters us. The most used way to test it, is to put on the mask without the strap and breathe in through the nose, making a vacuum and checking that the mask adapts to our face. People with beards have to take into account that not all masks will adapt to beards. A trick for people with beards is to put a little Vaseline on the mustache before the dive.

Our recommendation when choosing the mask is:

​If you have the opportunity and luck when you do your course or when you dive with a shop, to use a mask that suits you, ask about the brand and model and try to buy the same.

If you are a traveler, you like snorkeling or you also like freediving. If you buy a mask of this type, you can use it both in scuba diving or apnea.


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