In total, there are 5 mask skills every student has to master. But actually, they are all the same skill – how to clear water out of your mask. Water in our mask is not a big deal, but it makes it harder to see and can be a bit uncomfortable. Sometimes you might want to have a bit of water in there if your mask is fogging up. But if not, just clear it and enjoy the views. Some students find this skill a bit hard, mainly for its mental aspects. You’ll see – after you do it once, you can do it anytime.
Mask clearing course skills are: Partially Flood your mask with just a little bit of water, and then clear it by blowing through your nose and tilting your head up, all while sealing the top part of your mask. This will cause the water to rush out of the lower part of your mask and leave it clear. Easy peasy! You will have to do the same exact thing 4 more times, with slight variations, in different sessions of the course. So you will see that in any situation, if water enters your mask, you can deal with it with no problems. When you are comfortable with partially flooding and clearing your mask, we will Fully Flood the mask and clear it. After some time, when you are feeling ready, you will Remove & Replace the mask and clear it again. Next, we’ll ask you to take your mask off, Breath Without a Mask for a minute, and put it back on, then clear. Lastly, remove the mask and perform a 15 meter/50 ft No Mask Swim, put the mask back on and clear it. We will have as much time as we need to feel comfortable and throughout the whole time, your instructor will be right next to you, holding on to your arm/shoulder, so you can close your eyes to not let water touch them if it makes you more comfortable.