Well, Jody and the crew made it safely back from the Bahamas and Blackbeard’s Cruise adventure on December 29, waterlogged and content, with many awesome memories. Thank-you Mike, Jim, Brian, Kevin, Geoff, Kyle, Aleks, and Sam for making our first Blackbeard’s adventure a happy success, and Ken, you should know that you were sorely missed; somehow I think things just weren’t the same without you. A big thank-you goes out to the crew of the Avalon for making the week extraordinary and for just being a fun bunch of people. Ray the Captain, Chauncy the First Mate, Kristy the Divemaster, and of course, Charlie the cook (for the amazing food that was enjoyed all week) made it a week to remember for all.
The first afternoon in Nassau found the gang looking for "hidden treasure"; Kevin, an avid Geocaching enthusiast, had the coordinates on his GPS for a hidden cache close by and they went in search of it. Their search took them up hill, to a fence, almost over a cliff, down a hill, and finally, finally, the cache was found! It turned out to be Kevin’s 200th find; Congratulations on number 200 Kevin!
On to the boat – The Avalon. It was a beautiful vessel.
The shark diving turned out to be pretty incredible, and Jody was even able to snag a small shark tooth after the feeding; small but fresh.
Mike had a chance to do some spearfishing, and had two lionfish on his spear at one point, but while he dreamed of the fish fry they would enjoy that night, a Caribbean reef shark swam up and neatly stole his dinner. Easy come, easy go. See the clip of the theft below.
Enclosed nose - Your nose must be within the eye pocket so you can adjust for pressure changes. This is why swim goggles cannot be used for scuba diving.
Tempered glass - Plastic fogs up and standard glass is hazardous if accidentally broken.
- found in virtually all masks intended for scuba diving.
Feathered, double skirt - Makes mask seal more reliable and comfortable.
Wide strap with touch buckle adjustment - Mask adjusts quickly, easily and stay adjusted during the dive.
Canted-in bottom - Shapes eye panel for maximum viewing angle up and down and side to side.
Low volume - The smaller the mask, the less drag it has while diving. Your face may require something a bit larger, so don't consider this an absolute.
Purge valve - Use to blow water out (but you can do this easily without a valve).
Special lenses - Some masks can be fitted with prescription lenses, which is convenient if you wear glasses or use contacts.
How to choose a mask?
Try a few with the features you like.
1. Hold the mask up to your face without pressing it to your skin (try to keep your hair out of the way so that you can get a good seal. Inhale gently through your nose. If it fits, the mask will stick to your face and stay there without leaking air and without having to continuously inhale. To release mask, exhale gently through your nose.
2. Choose from the masks that fit your face and feel comfortable.
3. Don’t buy a cheap mask. They may look the same, but will the silicone skirt quality may be very different; it may not be the soft, malleable silicone necessary for a good seal, and may also lose its limited softness after repeated use. Is the glass tempered and treated to provide good undistorted vision and withstand the pressure under water? If you are diving, your safety should be your first consideration.
You bought a mask?
Before you use it, the glass needs to be treated. Nobody wants to dive with a fogging mask that obscures your vision. This problem is actually easy to prevent. Gently scrub the glass of your new mask with toothpaste to remove the manufacturers coating that can cause fogging. This is a one-time task that you will not have to do again. Then, before each dive, use a defogging solution to clean your lens and keep it fog free!
Scuba Pro Spectra Mirrored Mask
This mask sports an orange mirrored tint lens that both reduces glare and acts like sunglasses at the surface, and helps to correct underwater colours with clarity beneath the waves.
The straps and swivel buckle make this mask easy to adjust, and the tempered glass translates into durability and safety when you dive.
While low volume for clearing convenience, the Spectra mirrored mask is designed for maximum visibility.
Definitely a cool option for divers!
TruFit Spectra Mask
From the same family as the Spectra Mirrored mask, with a small difference – the Trufit boasts a wide, ultra malleable skirt with creases (like darts) all around it, making it better able to fit the contours of any face shape.
While all of our scuba masks are high quality scuba wear, Trufit is particularly popular with new divers because of the extra comfort, and trufit seal, lowering their anxiety and making their dives more enjoyable as they gain confidence (many experienced divers love it for its superior soft comfort)!
Unfortunately, the Trufit is not available with the filtered mirrored lens. It seems we always have hard choices to make!