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Best Scuba Mask for Beginners

You can buy dive masks in a range of different styles and colours. But, the most important feature is that it allows us to see things clearer underwater.

The following information, evaluations, and customer reviews will help you choose the best mask for beginners and what makes a good diving mask for divers and snorkelers.

What's the Best Dive Mask for Scuba Diving

There is no benefit in buying a cheap mask if it feels uncomfortable or it lacks a good field of vision.

Still, go ahead and test the soft nose pocket. Make sure you can pinch your nostrils for equalisation underwater.

Then, a good dive mask is one that makes it easy and simple for divers to clear water from it.

So, having tested a range of different scuba masks, you can base your final decision on its design and colour.

The list of best scuba diving masks that we reviewed below is a helpful guide. We have not based it with any particular bias towards specific models. Please send an email to our team of scuba professionals if you have any questions or comments.

Some of the Key Factors We Tested

The team at Private Scuba in Thailand were happy to test and evaluate different makes and models of dive masks with a range of prices (cheap to expensive).

Overseen by our PADI Master Instructor, the testers based their scuba mask reviews on the following factors:

Ease and Integrity of Adjustments

Is it easy to adjust the buckles and strap and does an adjustment actually meet the objectives? It's also important to confirm whether they stayed in the chosen position after making the changes.

Mask Volume and Dryness

After flooding the mask with water (intentionally) the testers evaluated how easy it is to completely clear a flooded mask, including:

Field of Vision

Being able to see underwater is the main reason for divers to wear a scuba mask. So, we checked the field of view in all directions (to the left, right, up, and down).

Not only did we check if the frame or skirt blocked the view, we used the results in comparison to other masks that we reviewed?

General Comfort Rating

Several key factors can make it a good mask for scuba diving and snorkeling. Here are three important questions to answer before you buy a scuba mask - especially if you are beginner:

  1. Is the skirt made from silicon and is it flexible, comfortable, and soft on your face?
  2. Can you squeeze the nose pocket easily in preparation of pinching your nose to clear it?
  3. Do any of the components, especially the frame, rub against your face and do you feel pain on your cheekbones or nose?

Note: Our dive mask testing included a rating about construction (e.g. design and ruggedness) and its resistance to fogging. Even so, being based in Asia means we did not test scuba masks on a comprehensive range of face sizes and shapes (i.e. a professional review of mask comfort and dryness is somewhat subjective).

Seac Symbol Mask Review

To begin with, we wanted to determine the unique selling point of the new Symbol scuba mask. In fact, the main benefit is being able to change the standard lenses for prescription lenses.

Seac Symbol Scuba Mask ReviewHence, because you can't go scuba diving with glasses, being able to swap a tempered glass lens without having to buy a new dive mask is really handy (e.g. if you break a lens).

The sturdy frame holds the twin lens design together. There are tiny recesses around the internal frame that allow you to pop them out.

Seac Symbol dive masks also allow you to fit your own prescription lenses. So, you can have two different lenses to match your specific needs.

The new SEAC Symbol scuba mask is available in seven (7) different colours, including the traditional black colour.

The detailing on the nose pocket adds a certain amount of grip to ease equalisation. The 3D buckles do not attach to the frame - so you can fold it completely flat (e.g. for safe storage).

Key Features and Specifications

  • Angled 3 mm thick tempered glass lenses (replaceable)
  • Curved skirt edge (silicone)
  • 3D strap buckles
  • Double-button 3D rocker buckle
  • Twin optical lenses for myopia or presbyopia

Pro Tip: Most manufacturers of scuba masks have started using eco-friendly cardboard boxes (instead of plastic).

Customer Comments about Seac Symbol Dive Masks

"Cheaper copy of Tusa Intega, which also allows prescription lenses."
"A guitar pick is a great tool for separating plastics like you're talking about to change the lens. If you need to, grind one corner down a bit to make it closer to the appropriate screwdriver size."

Seac Icona Mask Review

The silicone of the new frameless, single-lens, two-tone, dive mask made by Icona bonds directly onto the tempered glass.

Besides the subtle flash of colour around the mask, the matt skirt also has a smooth, non-reflective finish on the inside as well as the outside.

Plus, the 'rounded' edge of the skirt increases grip and helps to prevent those annoying dive mask marks on your face (e.g. after making a long dive).

Key Features and Specifications

The Seac Icona dive mask features new 3D hinged buckles with a two-button ratchet strap mounted into the silicone skirt. The result? It creates a better fit, reduces the risk of unzipping itself, and it packs flatter for storage.

Seac Icona Scuba Mask ReviewFirst, you may notice that most scuba mask manufacturers have started using eco-friendly cardboard boxes (instead of plastic).

Next, another noteworthy feature of the new Seac Icona mask is the reduction in internal volume - mostly due to the lack of clunky framework.

In general, less internal volume means the process of equalizing pressure while diving becomes somewhat easier (because it sits closer to your eyes).

Furthermore, the new 'curved' skirt design opens out the field of view and allows lots of light to penetrate through the glass.

Customer Comments about Seac Dive Masks

"SEAC is an Italian company and they offer good sets with top quality snorkels and comfortable masks for beginners. But it's a competitive market and for those who want to scuba dive even more or want better quality, I do recommend purchasing snorkeling equipment separately."
"For those who just want to get out there and need the basics and don't want to spend all that much, then the SEAC Frameless Scuba Snorkeling Snorkel/Mask Set is worth checking out!"

Tecnomar Pro Ear Mask

Most divers will have heard some good and bad reports about the IST Pro Ear diving mask. The design and unique features (tubes and earmuffs) help to compensate for the air volume between the eyes and ears.

Key Features and Specifications

It's not uncommon for beginners to struggle with equalisation problems underwater (e.g. ear issues). Thus, if you have similar challenges, the IST ProEar Mask could be a perfect fit for you.

Tecnomar Pro Ear Mask available from IST SportsIn general, it offers a comfortable fit around the face and there are two (2) ear protectors at the sides.

The earmuffs fit over the diver's ears and the tube system works by automatic process as the diver exhales.

  • The unique tube and seal system automatically equalises ear pressure as the diver exhales into the ProEar mask.
  • Its design can prevent pressure-induced ear barotraumas (MEBT).
  • There is some evidence of enhanced underwater hearing and an improved sense of direction.
  • Having watertight ear cups means it can keep water out so your ears are warm and it can help to prevent infection.

The manufacturers of the ProEar say it helps to prevent inner-ear infections. Furthermore, it helps divers avoid severe pressure injuries. The prescription-lens option is now available and you can wear a neoprene integrated hood with this mask.

Customer Reviews about the Pro Ear Mask

"The materials are good and it is comfortable to wear, it can even be worn with a hoodie, but it's somewhat more uncomfortable."
"I took the Pro Ear mask for a trial dive in a pool first and it worked perfectly... it kept my ears dry perfectly. The following morning I tried it out for a real dive.

It was rather hard to put it under my hood (loose hood). It will work fine with a wetsuit and integrated hood. The anti fog function was 'OK'!

Visual area was smaller as what I would expect, silicones sides could be a bit more softer / flexible to better lock off water inlet in the mask, but at the end of the day it still kept my ears dry for the full 62 minute dive."

Related Information and Help Guides

Note: The short video presented by PADI® shows how to clear a dive mask without getting water inside your nose.

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