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MASKS AND SNORKELS

Spearfishing and free diving is a very enjoyable and addictive sport. However, if equipment is not used correctly, it may cause serious issues. The key points to remember before spearfishing includ...

Spearfishing and free diving is a very enjoyable and addictive sport. However, if equipment is not used correctly, it may cause serious issues. The key points to remember before spearfishing include:

The Mask

  • When buying a new mask, be sure to buy one that fits your face comfortably and seek expert advice. If you have facial hair, there are specific masks that mould around a moustache and beard. Some beard friendly masks include our Black Fish, Red Emperor, Bat, Black Bream and Harbinger mask range
  • When purchasing a mask be sure to ask your dealer, shop assistant or even DIY, by using some techniques like burning the silicone film from the lenses when opening the packet. This reduces the chance of fogging lenses. You can also use toothpaste to clean the lenses before using for the first time
  • When going into the water, you may buy our special anti-fog lense spray, anti fog gel or even use your natural saliva to rub onto each lense before diving. Rub the liquid throughout each lense properly. It is crucial you get this right as foggy lenses will destroy your whole dive

The Snorkel

  • Be sure to use a free diving snorkel and not confuse it with a scuba diving snorkel. A snorkel with an open valve is highly recommended as to not restrict your breathing. Don’t forget, you may be out for hours diving and breathing only through this snorkel. If it is restricted, it can affect your breathing considerably and fatigue you early in the day. We offer different free diving and spearfishing snorkels including the Kingfish (Barung) and Oarfish snorkel!
  • When swimming with a snorkel, be sure not to breath too heavily or too quickly as you may swallow water. The trick is to take small and gradual breaths and if you feel that water comes in the snorkel, then you simply spit the water back out.
  • When going in for a dive, a good habit is to remove the snorkel from your mouth, go for your dive and when ascending back onto the surface, breath in oxygen into your body quickly taking small deep breaths.
  • Note: Some divers leave the snorkel in their mouth when diving under water. This is not a good habit, as the problem occurs when you are ascending after a big dive and wanting a quick breath of air, instead of breathing in oxygen, you expel more oxygen to spit water back out of the snorkel, increasing the chance of a blackout.