Captain's Blog • Panama City Diving

Full Face Mask Diver

4 minutes

Who this course is for: The certified diver looking for more information about the different full face masks available and how to determine the correct one to meet their needs Course prerequisites: SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent What you can expect to learn: The SDI Full Face Mask Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more: Purpose Diver safety Communications Advantages Increased diver safety Communications Corrective lenses Disadvantages Increased air consumption Buoyancy Bulky Types Appropriate/inappropriate Scuba quick connect/disconnect Surface supplied Techniques/procedures Donning Diving with a full face mask Underwater Communications Types of communication equipment User/field maintenance and care Authorized servicing/preventive maintenance After use Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include: Dive plan Equipment set up Proper donning and adjustment On the surface, switching from open to close Proper weighting Establish buoyancy and demonstration of buoyancy control Equalization techniques Clearing a partially flooded mask Remove and replace full face mask underwater free flowing full face mask Successfully switch to a back up mask Remove mask and utilization of alternate air source Alternate air source ascent Ascent and exit Log dive What’s in it for you? Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to: The diving activities approximate those of training The areas of activities approximate those of training Environmental conditions approximate those of training *Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

What's included ?

  • Academic Fees
  • Park Entrance Fees

What to bring ?

  • SCUBA Gear

Other considerations

Course includes the purchase of a OTS Spectrum Full Face Mask. These are not available for rental. Please allow for enough time for ordering and shipping of your Full Face Mask when scheduling your class. Full Face Mask purchases are non-refundable once the order is placed. If you already own a Full Face Mask that you would like to use for the course, please contact us to inquire about a reduction in the course price. Please ensure you have a standard SCUBA mask and full regulator set (including second stages) in order to complete the required skills in the course.