What is the Difference between a low volume scuba mask and a high volume scuba mask

Scuba diving is a fun sport, but you can’t do it without the important gears.

One of the gears is a good scuba mask which prevents water from coming into contact with your eyes.

This is because it will distort your image. You have to pick the right scuba mask, that works well for you.

The two major categories of masks are; Low volume and High volume masks.

Low Volume Scuba Masks

They are designed with little air space between the face of the scuba diver and the glass panels of the mask.

This mask fits well across the face and is effective to small and medium facial profiles. The advantages of using this type of mask are:

  • There are very little chances of water seeping into the mask because they are form-fitting. They also have very little air space that helps prevent water from entering in.
  • The scuba diver gets a wider field vision because these masks stick closely to the face. Only a small section of the mask obstructs the view.
  • They are easier to deal with because of their fitting nature, especially when diving CCR. This is because of the less volume needed to clear, and you to equalize easily. Most scuba divers favor Low volume masks as a result.

High Volume Scuba Masks

These are the opposites of the low volume masks.

They have a greater volume of air space between the face of the scuba diver and the panels of the mask. They are designed for large facial profiles.

The advantages of these types of masks are:

  • They have large multiple windows that allow views from all angles. They offer a feeling of openness which is a sort of compensation for the high volume.
  • They easily fit people with larger facial profiles and nose structures.

Their main disadvantage of High volume masks is that they take a little more effort to clear than the low volume masks.

Remember, before buying any mask, always try out what fits for you depending on your facial features.

The things to consider and do before buying a mask are:

  1. Read up your options on a Scuba blog. Some good ones are sportdiver.com and scubacompare.com
  2. Go to a dive shop.
  3. Try the variety of masks.
  4. Pay close attention to how the mask seals.
  5. Set aside the ones that fit, and try them on again and pick the one that offers comfort.
  6. Wear the mask for 3-5 minutes, if it feels comfortable take it.