Mask Squeeze Prevention

mask squeezeMask squeeze is one of the most common ailments for new divers. It occurs as a result of the pressure in your mask not being equalized during a dive, acting as a suction cup and pulling on your eyes and the soft tissue surrounding them. Although it sounds and looks intimidating, fortunately the effects of mast squeeze are primarily superficial.

It is typically new divers that get mask squeeze because they are concentrating on other procedures and tasks during their dive, either forgetting or completely not noticing that squeeze is happening. The best way to prevent injury is to always keep your nasal passages open when diving. If you have a properly fitting mask, exhaling through your nose will decrease your chances of bruising and barotrauma. Never forget the first rule of SCUBA: breathe!

The fit of your mask will play a crucial role in avoiding mask squeeze. Your mask should fit flush against your face and you should be able to achieve a proper seal by simply inhaling through your nose, without the strap over your head. If your mask does not seal against your face when you do so, then it does not fit your face properly, and you will need to choose something else.

In relation to that, mask squeeze can often happen as a result of trying to ensure your mask doesn’t leak. A bit of leakage is common and does not necessarily mean that your mask does not fit properly; most everyone experiences leakage at some point in their dive history. Be sure not to push the mask into your face to try to make a better seal before you go on the dive. If your mask leaks a little on a dive, simply exhale through your nose, tilt your face upwards, and press the top of the frame toward your forehead to crack your mask seal slightly.scuba mask

It is easy to equalize the pressure right from the beginning by just breathing out of your nose during a descent. This small amount of air pumped into your mask can make the difference between a comfortable, enjoyable dive and a less comfortable one that ends with a face that only a mother could love!

Images via prilfishconnorsallee

 


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Comments

  1. looks like he had that puppy in a vacum .

  2. looks like he had that puppy in a vacum .

  3. looks like he had that puppy in a vacum .

  4. looks like he had that puppy in a vacum .

  5. he must have really had that mask sucked down on his face to do that!

  6. he must have really had that mask sucked down on his face to do that!

  7. he must have really had that mask sucked down on his face to do that!

  8. he must have really had that mask sucked down on his face to do that!

  9. I mask squeeze all the time, mustache, I NEVER got anything like that.

  10. I mask squeeze all the time, mustache, I NEVER got anything like that.

  11. I mask squeeze all the time, mustache, I NEVER got anything like that.

  12. I mask squeeze all the time, mustache, I NEVER got anything like that.

  13. Occasionally, breathe out thru your nose.

  14. Occasionally, breathe out thru your nose.

  15. Occasionally, breathe out thru your nose.

  16. Occasionally, breathe out thru your nose.

  17. Equalize via exhaling through nose.

  18. Equalize via exhaling through nose.

  19. Equalize via exhaling through nose.

  20. Equalize via exhaling through nose.

  21. First time open water, I was so afraid of flooding my mask and losing my contacts that I ended up with mask squeeze. Not this bad, but looked like I had two black eyes. Lesson learned. :)

  22. First time open water, I was so afraid of flooding my mask and losing my contacts that I ended up with mask squeeze. Not this bad, but looked like I had two black eyes. Lesson learned. :)

  23. First time open water, I was so afraid of flooding my mask and losing my contacts that I ended up with mask squeeze. Not this bad, but looked like I had two black eyes. Lesson learned. :)

  24. First time open water, I was so afraid of flooding my mask and losing my contacts that I ended up with mask squeeze. Not this bad, but looked like I had two black eyes. Lesson learned. :)

  25. Zombie diver

  26. Zombie diver

  27. Zombie diver

  28. Zombie diver

  29. Clear your mask, problem solved

  30. Clear your mask, problem solved

  31. Clear your mask, problem solved

  32. Clear your mask, problem solved

  33. Oh man, that looks really messed up.

  34. Oh man, that looks really messed up.

  35. Oh man, that looks really messed up.

  36. Oh man, that looks really messed up.

  37. Ouch

  38. Ouch

  39. Ouch

  40. Ouch

  41. Breathe out by farting. Just kidding.

  42. ah yes, remember that from my OW cert dives. Didn’t get the bruising though.

  43. ah yes, remember that from my OW cert dives. Didn’t get the bruising though.

  44. ah yes, remember that from my OW cert dives. Didn’t get the bruising though.

  45. ah yes, remember that from my OW cert dives. Didn’t get the bruising though.

  46. I’ve never done this, but I do get a pinched upper lip (philtrum) from time to time. It doesn’t hurt, just looks ridiculous for a day or two :/

  47. I’ve never done this, but I do get a pinched upper lip (philtrum) from time to time. It doesn’t hurt, just looks ridiculous for a day or two :/

  48. I’ve never done this, but I do get a pinched upper lip (philtrum) from time to time. It doesn’t hurt, just looks ridiculous for a day or two :/

  49. I’ve never done this, but I do get a pinched upper lip (philtrum) from time to time. It doesn’t hurt, just looks ridiculous for a day or two :/

  50. Haha I have heard about that (never seen it till this picture and been certified for a few years now) but I keep my mask kinda loose so but enough to not leak and breath out of my nose every now and then so it doesn’t happen

  51. Haha I have heard about that (never seen it till this picture and been certified for a few years now) but I keep my mask kinda loose so but enough to not leak and breath out of my nose every now and then so it doesn’t happen

  52. Haha I have heard about that (never seen it till this picture and been certified for a few years now) but I keep my mask kinda loose so but enough to not leak and breath out of my nose every now and then so it doesn’t happen

  53. Haha I have heard about that (never seen it till this picture and been certified for a few years now) but I keep my mask kinda loose so but enough to not leak and breath out of my nose every now and then so it doesn’t happen

  54. navy seals would say got your head up your ass

  55. navy seals would say got your head up your ass

  56. navy seals would say got your head up your ass

  57. navy seals would say got your head up your ass

  58. If someone wants a makeover with their eyes, looks like an improper dive is just what they need.

  59. Ouch.

  60. Maybe swimming goggle effect~

  61. Maybe swimming goggle effect~

  62. Maybe swimming goggle effect~

  63. Maybe swimming goggle effect~

  64. Big hickey.

  65. Big hickey.

  66. Big hickey.

  67. Big hickey.

  68. Low pressure mask hose… that should do it..

  69. Low pressure mask hose… that should do it..

  70. Low pressure mask hose… that should do it..

  71. Low pressure mask hose… that should do it..

  72. Katelyn Yeomans

  73. Katelyn Yeomans

  74. Katelyn Yeomans

  75. Katelyn Yeomans

  76. OMG!!!!! we thought Bill had turned into a zombie and we shot him!!!!! heard about this never seen it.

  77. OMG!!!!! we thought Bill had turned into a zombie and we shot him!!!!! heard about this never seen it.

  78. OMG!!!!! we thought Bill had turned into a zombie and we shot him!!!!! heard about this never seen it.

  79. OMG!!!!! we thought Bill had turned into a zombie and we shot him!!!!! heard about this never seen it.

  80. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt & blood everywhere.>>))))”>***

  81. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt & blood everywhere.>>))))”>***

  82. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt & blood everywhere.>>))))”>***

  83. Been there, done that, got a T-shirt & blood everywhere.>>))))”>***

  84. Exhale thru the nose into the mask….. Gotta be kidding me…

  85. Exhale thru the nose into the mask….. Gotta be kidding me…

  86. Exhale thru the nose into the mask….. Gotta be kidding me…

  87. Exhale thru the nose into the mask….. Gotta be kidding me…

  88. NICE Pic been there done that

  89. NICE Pic been there done that

  90. NICE Pic been there done that

  91. NICE Pic been there done that

  92. was using a crap mask once and it squeezed so tight it blocked my nose, couldn’t equalize and ended up with a similar result, happened surprisingly fast. got a good mask now!

  93. was using a crap mask once and it squeezed so tight it blocked my nose, couldn’t equalize and ended up with a similar result, happened surprisingly fast. got a good mask now!

  94. was using a crap mask once and it squeezed so tight it blocked my nose, couldn’t equalize and ended up with a similar result, happened surprisingly fast. got a good mask now!

  95. was using a crap mask once and it squeezed so tight it blocked my nose, couldn’t equalize and ended up with a similar result, happened surprisingly fast. got a good mask now!

  96. This fellow on the Pic had most likely goggles on check around his eye and notice the blueish color in the shape of goggles. Give your kids a snorkel/diving Mask if they like to ‘go down’ even in Pools especially the deeper ones like 5m/15ft. It is obviously that you can’t equalize without having the nose in the Mask (->Goggles)

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