Mask flooding is a common issue that can occur while diving. It is one of the most basic skills to know how to clear out water from your mask. This skill is taught to both Discover Scuba Divers and Open Water Divers during the pool training session. Remember that it is natural to be uncomfortable having water in your nose, but you are here to scuba dive and it is only normal to get some water in! The key is to remain calm and relaxed. This article will provide a step by step guide on how to clear a partially or fully flooded mask.
Steps to Follow
Slowly flood your mask by creating a small opening on the top using your hands. Your instructor will first ask you to partially flood it. If you feel uncomfortable doing it, you can request your instructor to flood your mask.
Create a seal on either side of the top part of your mask using your index fingers. Alternatively, you can also create a seal by placing your palm on the middle portion of the mask.
Slowly tilt your head backwards and exhale from your nose. In case there is any water remaining, exhale again. The same process can be repeated for a fully flooded mask.
Here’s a beginner’s tip: If you are uncomfortable completing this skill, try placing your head in the water without your mask and with the regulator in your mouth. Do a few rounds of inhale and exhale. This will help you get comfortable with having some water in your nose. Remember that the water only enters the nasal cavity but will not go through to your lungs as your source of air is your regulator.