Clear Your Scuba Mask

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Tips on How To Clear Water From Your Scuba Mask While Scuba Diving

How To Clear Water From You Scuba Mask While Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Mask Clearing TechniquesClear Your Scuba Mask like many scuba newbies find mask clearing very tricky at first. Often they rush through this skill during their entry-level training, hoping to get it over with as soon as possible so that they won’t have to do it again. In reality, though this is the skill that you’ll probably use most often while diving. Here are a few easy ways to make this essential skill a snap.

Blow out of your nose and look up and Clear Your Scuba Mask

When clearing your mask, you want to create a pressure change by blowing air into it; the air you push in will push the water out of the mask. Create a tight seal between the mask and your face at the top by placing the index and middle fingers of both hands on the top part of your mask’s frame, exerting a slight pressure. Doing so ensures that the air you blow out of your nose will not simply bubble out at the top of your mask, but rather it come out at the bottom, pushing out any water that might be in your mask along with it.

To help this process even more, tilt your head up as you blow out through your nose. The water will collect at the bottom of your mask for easy clearing.

Remember that it may take a few tries to remove the water completely, so keep going, breathing in through your mouth and out through your nose, until you have cleared all the water.

Don’t break the seal at the bottom

If water gets in your mask while snorkeling, your natural reaction may be to lift your face out of the water and move the bottom of the mask away from your face to allow the water to run out. This makes perfect sense…above the surface. This will have the opposite effect underwater. If you break the lower seal between your mask and your face, all you’re doing is blowing bubbles out your nose into the ocean and your mask will probably just fill up with water again. This could be a very uncomfortable experience (as you might get water up your nose) and could also result in a feeling that you cannot clear your mask, which could in turn lead to a stressful and panicked situation.

Sometimes the mask’s seal against your cheeks makes it almost impossible to clear it without lifting the mask away from your face at the bottom. In this case use your thumbs to lift the bottom of your mask slightly; I usually aim for about a millimeter or hair’s breadth.

Shave your moustache

The first thing the dive center staff will explain when you’re purchasing or trying on a mask is that you must check how well it seals against your face. Masks are designed to fit differently shaped faces. The size of the skirt and the location of the seal will make a mask fit better on certain sized and shaped faces.

Some customers might find that they have water in their mask most of the time, no matter how many masks they try out — one of the main culprits for this is facial hair. Whether you have a full moustache, or just a few days’ worth of holiday stubble, hair on your upper lip is more than likely to break the seal of your mask and thus let in water. If you are happy to dive with some water in your nose pocket, this is perfectly fine. If, however, the thought of clearing your mask every few minutes doesn’t sound like fun, there are a few options.

Smearing a fair-sized glob of Vaseline onto your stubbly upper lip should help create a better seal. Or you can shave…I know this is the worst chore while you’re on vacation, but take some inspiration from one of my Open Water students who shaved his moustache for the first time in 40 years to avoid a leaky mask during his course. Now THAT is dedication!

Just remember that when diving, some water may come up your nose. This is okay. Use these techniques to become more comfortable when clearing your mask, and you’ll become a much more comfortable diver. Clear Your Scuba Mask maybe that little water will disappear from the mask.

Ocean Trash

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The Best Way to Deal With Ocean Trash

Plastic debris doubles every decade. What ends up in the ocean is nearly impossible to clean up.
Photo of a manta ray and sea turtle swimming amongst trash.
A manta ray and a green sea turtle feed in the midst of plastic bags, milk jugs, and other debris floating off one of Oahu’s highest-rated beaches.

Laura Parker
National Geographic

Tony Haymet, former director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has heard hundreds of ocean cleanup plans. Late at night, over many beers, he’s come up with a few dozen of his own. None of them, he says, has seemed likely to work.

That includes this spring’s offerings. A Dutch engineering student, Boyan Slat, envisions a contraption with massive booms that would sweep debris into a huge funnel. Songwriter and music producer Pharrell Williams wants to fund the monumental cost of any cleanup by turning recycled ocean plastic into yarn and then clothes.

The challenge is huge. For one thing, the garbage is spread over millions of square miles. For another, it’s made up mostly of degraded plastic, broken down by sunlight and waves into tiny bits the size of grains of rice.

“That’s what makes it so horrifying,” Haymet says. “The micro-plastic is the same size as the stuff living in the water column. How would we ever go out and collect it? So far no one’s come up with a plan to separate all the micro-plastic from the living life that’s the same size.”

In the face of growing criticism, Slat had to back off his optimistic boast that he could clean up the oceans in five years. He posted a notice on his website asking the media and the critics to wait until he finishes his research.

Meanwhile, the garbage keeps growing.

Consider this alarming statistic from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, which is wrapping up a three-year study of marine debris: Every decade global production of plastics doubles. Even if someone came up with a workable collecting mechanism, how much impact could it have?

“If we are doubling what we are putting into the ocean on a ten-year basis, there’s no way to keep up,” says Chris Wilcox, an ecologist at CSIRO. “It would be as if you were vacuuming your living room, and I’m standing at the Plastic-Beach-Waste-Litter-Aruba-Corbis-Paul-Soudersdoorway with a bag of dust and a fan. You can constantly keep vacuuming, but you could never catch up.”

Photo of trash covering a beach in Aruba.
Trash litters a beach in Aruba.

 

 

The Garbage Patches

Most of the garbage accumulates in five little-explored “patches” found in the doldrums of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

The largest is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which starts a few hundred miles off the coast of North America and stretches to a few hundred miles off the coast of Japan; a more concentrated area lies between California and Hawaii.

One commonly accepted estimate is that the high-density area inside the Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains 480,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer (nearly four-tenths of a square mile). But scientists say that’s only a guess.
Altogether the globe’s garbage patches contain 200 million tons of floating debris and ocean trash which just ends up on polluted beaches.
Charles Moore, who “discovered” the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the late 1990s and plans a research trip there in July, estimates that altogether the globe’s garbage patches contain 200 million tons of floating debris. He came up with the figure based on calculations that 2.5 percent of the world’s plastic ends up in the sea.

Marcus Eriksen, a marine scientist and co-founder of the California-based 5 Gyres, which studies the five main garbage patches, estimates the total floating debris is just 500,000 tons.

In either case, the harm to fish and other sea creatures is increasing. A 2009 research trip to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Scripps found 9 percent of the fish had ingested plastic. Eriksen, with help from seven other scientists, recently analysed material in all of the garbage patches. Of 671 fish collected, 35 percent had ingested plastic particles.

“Either number scares me,” Haymet says. “Those are only the sick fish—not the ones who died because they ate plastic that was too big. And they are the only two studies. There should be hundreds of studies of this stuff. Our life, our economies are totally dependent on the oceans. Fifty percent of the oxygen we breathe is made in the ocean every night.”

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Photo of a scuba diver atop a pile of discarded toilets on the sea floor.
A scuba diver investigates a pile of discarded toilets on the seafloor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY FLORIS LEEUWENBERG, THE COVER STORY/CORBIS

 

 

Addressing the Problem

Haymet and like-minded ocean scientists haven’t given up. They favor a low-tech, more practical approach to protecting the oceans from trash: Persuade the world’s people to stop littering.

Only about 20 percent of ocean plastic comes from marine sources, such as discarded fishing equipment or cargo ship mishaps. About 80 percent of it washes out to sea from beach litter or was carried downstream in rivers, according to the CSIRO study, which is considered the most comprehensive.

About half of that litter is plastic bottles. Most of the rest is packaging.

“All of that stuff was in a human’s hand at one point or another,” Wilcox says. “The essence of the solution is to provide incentives for people not to throw this stuff away. It is the cheapest, simplest, and far most efficient solution to the problem.”

Creating incentives to help reduce littering can be a political challenge. Only one of Australia’s eight main states and territories has a beverage-container deposit law, says Britta Denise Hardesty, who conducted the CSIRO study.

In the U.S. only ten states—including California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut-have enacted container deposit laws. Opinion polls show support for such laws, but beverage manufacturers have opposed legislation. They argue that bottle deposits are more expensive than other forms of recycling and that requiring deposits constitutes a tax, which increases the cost of beverages.

“When you think about climate change, it’s hard to reduce our carbon footprint, because we have to go through a fundamental shift in our economies,” Wilcox says. “With plastic, when you’re throwing a bottle cap on the ground, that should be an easy impact to get rid of.”

ocean trash end up on polluted beaches

Snorkeling

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

Who should try this Padi Discover Scuba Diving experience?

Thinking about Padi Discover Scuba Diving? Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving in cyprus, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a scuba diving certification, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.

Easy Divers offer this program off a beach called Green bay Protaras. While this is not a scuba certification, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy way to introduce you to what it takes to explore the underwater aquatic world of Cyprus .

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

Padi Discover Scuba DivingAre you ready to try it out?

Contact Us for Discover Scuba Diving experience on your next holidays in Cyprus.

 What will you learn?

You going to learn the basic safety guidelines, rules and skills needed to dive. Easy Divers will be guided you with one of our Trained Padi Scuba Professionals. That mean under our direct supervision of a PADI Professional. You will be making an open water dive, that means you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your scuba adventure.

We will cover all you need to know about:

  • scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
  • Learn about different fishes and turtles you will during your dive.
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
  • Learn important skills that you’ll use during Padi Discover Scuba Diving.
  • Have fun swimming around and exploring while Discover Scuba Diving.
  • Once you have completed the Padi Discover Scuba Diving, you may wand to dive again or become a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

How can you start learning now?

Contact Easy Divers in Cyprus, we are  PADI Dive Center. Begin your scuba experience by signing up for a Discover Scuba Diving program and get a Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide when you arrive for your scuba lesson at Easy Divers CyprusYour Participant Guide explains the experience and lets you pre-study the safety rules and skill techniques your dive professional will review with you.

What scuba gear will you use?

Our PADI Pro will provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a scuba tank.

When you arrive at our diving centre we will go over a Padi Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart where you’ll  learn more skills and the gear you will need to start your adventures in Discover Scuba Diving.

Next Step

Breathing underwater for the first time is great experience and fun for all the family, so don’t wait get your scuba lesson booked!!! We have limited spaces on each day of Padi Discover Scuba Diving!