We’re taught safety precautions as early as possible simply because there are a lot of things that can go wrong underwater. One of which is the sudden gripping claustrophobia of water leaking through your mask.
In controlled waters, a filled up mask is a lot easier to manage. However, the open sea is a lot less forgiving. That’s why mask clearing is a skill you should learn immediately. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Practice breathing without a mask
It’s very important that you practice mask clearing in a controlled environment. One of the essential techniques is breathing comfortably with your mask on for a long period of time. So practice breathing without it on the surface while still wearing a snorkel or a regulator.
Panic is one of the biggest reasons why diving goes horribly wrong. The moment you let it overcome you, it’s going to be a lot harder to get out of the situation. So the moment your mask starts brimming, relax. Slow your breathing and be aware of where you are and what you’re in. Remember the steps to mask clearing and you’ll be done in no time.
Clear slowly and surely
The last thing you want is pulling the top of your mask all too sudden. This will cause the waters to flood your mask even more and making you choke. Do this slowly. Once the water reaches just below eye level, look down. Now, start to exhale while tilting your head towards the surface and pressing the top of your mask against your face.
Be sure to practice mask clearing as much as you can before hitting the deep blue sea. You should be at most comfortable and confident to know what to do in case.