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 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 reason to give it a try.
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.
-PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Certified
-At least 12 years old
Included in Course:
-Classroom and pool training
-Two open water dives*
-Use of a full face mask for your course
-Your own regular mask, snorkel and open-heel fins.
*As a student, you get 50% off any rental gear you may need.
What you need to do:
-Register for the course!
-Your textbook will be held for pickup or delivered based on your shipping preference
-Read through your textbook and complete the Knowledge Reviews at the end of each section. Completing the Quick-Reviews throughout the book is highly recommended.
-Call us when you're ready to book your dives. Dives are held in Banff and Waterton on select weekends.
*Please note that our local lakes are cold! Drysuits are highly recommended!
Full Face Mask Diver
Your crewpack will contain a medical waiver that you are required to fill out. You will need to physically answer 'YES' or 'NO' to all the questions asked. If you have any 'YES' answers - no worries, you will need to get a doctor to sign off prior to being allowed to participate in the pool portion of the course. Please note this is a requirement to being able to get in the pool. If you come to class with a 'YES' and no Doctor's approval, you will be required to reschedule.