Scuba Diving Skills: Mask Flood & Clear

Like any sport, scuba diving doesn’t come without risks.

Without enough experience and knowledge, you can get into serious trouble.

The good news is there are more than enough ways to perfect your technical skills and prepare you for more advanced diving in the future. One of the simplest yet most essential skills to learn is mask flood and clear.

Leaky mask is no fun at all when diving. Most novice divers would quickly panic and try to resurface the fastest way they can. However, this isn’t always the case. When you’re deeper into the ocean, you need to find a way to get the water out without gunning for the surface.

A little practice goes a long way. First, you’ll need to find the best and most reliable mask that will serve your face. Second, you have to practice this skill multiple times in a controlled environment. Whether it’s in a shallow end of a pool or open waters with professional company, find time to perfect this skill.

Precision Diving perfectly explains how to clear the mask: “To clear the mask, crack the bottom seal, exhale through the nose and look up slightly. This will fill the mask with air and force the water out of the bottom. If you try to clear by cracking the mask seal from the top, the air will force water to the bottom of the mask. Thus not getting all of the water out of the mask. This skill is where the low volume masks are a great benefit. A low volume mask doesn’t have much of an air space between the class and your face. This means that it doesn’t take a lot of air from your nose to clear the mask. Also remember never to over exhale when clearing the mask. This causes your buoyancy to change.”

Flooding drills are also often conducted among beginner and professional divers. Groups like One World One Ocean takes this technique seriously, they even send out their divers into deep oceans to master it.

Perfect this skill, along with other techniques so you can keep your calm and control underwater.