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Old 19-11-2007, 03:21   #1
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Dive mask question

If you have a beard/mustache, how do you prevent your mask from filling with sea water??

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Old 19-11-2007, 04:00   #2
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A razor or shaver will do the trick, but so will a little Vaseline or something similar on the mustache before donning the mask.

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A lot of people can get away with just shaving the top part of the mustache, just below the nose, which still looks ok and helps the seal. I never liked the idea of slathering silicone or vaseline on my face before diving, so I usually just end up clearing the water out of my mask a little more often than if I didn't have a 'stache.
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I had a "full set" (of whiskers) when I was a diver, and never had a problem. Never used vaseline either. Shop around for a mask that fits above the hairline.
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Some leak, some don't

I'm with Lodesman. I've discovered that there are good days and bad days regarding my mask leaking over many, many dives and having used many different masks. A good fit is the main thing regardless of beard. After shaving I had the same experience. Slathering various goops did not solve the problem. Only a good fit did.

I might have a great dive, over an hour on a tank, with no leaks and the very next dive have trouble....don't know why. Beard or no beard.
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Old 20-11-2007, 19:35   #7
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Vaseline, I am clean shaven these days but have been having a real hard time with seeping masks and I have several. A friend with whiskers told me about vaseline and now I keep it in my bag and use it every time. Hanging upside down scraping a keel with salt water trickling in is no fun. It was an instant fix and made me a happy diver again.

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