How do diving masks work

Types of diving goggles

Not all diving masks are created equal. We differentiate between them according to the type of construction but also according to the purpose of use. Of course, you can wear the classic diving goggles for almost every occasion, but they have developed so much in recent years that you have the right product available for the various sports.

If you have completely different requirements for scuba diving, snorkeling, apnea diving / free diving, professional diving, there are of course true all-rounder glasses. In addition, not every design and diving mask is suitable for actually being glazed with eyesight.

A distinction is made between the following types. The classic diving mask, the frameless diving mask, the two-lens mask, the single-lens mask, the full face snorkel mask and the full face mask or full face mask. In the following we go into the areas of application, possibilities of optical glazing as well as advantages and disadvantages.

The classic diving mask

The classic diving goggles usually consist of an oval shape and cover the eye area and the nose with a rubber seal with a large glass. The first model was designed and produced in 1952 as the Pinocchio model by the Cressi company from Italy and is still available in stores in its classic black color.





Single-glass mask

Frameless diving goggles impress with their lightness and their small internal volume. In addition, the large glass is designed in such a way that the frame is barely noticeable or not at all. It can be blown out quickly and effectively. They are available in striking bright colors such as the Cressi F1 and classic black such as the Polaris Frameless Black Silicon.

The two-lens diving mask

The two-lens diving goggles are probably the shape that is most similar to everyday goggles. It consists of two separate viewing windows for the left and right eye. Depending on your preference, it is held together by silicone in black or transparent. In order for this species to be able to be properly glazed with prescription, the mask lenses must be able to be removed without damaging the seal. The selection is large and you can find suitable models from almost all major manufacturers (Cressi, Mares, Scubapro, Tusa, Aqua Lung). In any case, the favorite underwater among spectacle wearers and clearly our recommendation for your single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses.

The full face snorkel mask

Everyone has seen them. Whether on a beach holiday or in the outdoor pool. You can always see small snorkels that flow vertically into a full face mask. Children in particular, but also many adults, do not like it when the water comes into contact with the nose or the mouth area.
The full face snorkel mask encloses the whole face and breathing can be continued without any problems. In addition, you can really look almost undisturbed in all directions through the large panorama glass. Unfortunately, in most cases the rounded shape does not permit glazing with prescription lenses.






The full face mask / full face diving mask



A full face mask is the best choice, especially for professional divers who often have to spend many hours underwater. Whereas in the past you wore whole diving suits with large diving bells in the head area, today you have to be agile in all directions and still guarantee protection and comfort in the face.

Since vision is particularly important here too, diopter glazing with exact values ​​is more than recommended. Most full face masks are also equipped with radio equipment and are therefore often used by cave divers or wreck divers to strengthen communication with one another.