Can I dive
with contact lenses? What if I wear glasses?
You should be able to dive while
wearing contacts. If you wear hard contact lenses
you will want the gas permeable type. If you wear
glasses, masks can have lenses bonded to them so you can
How do I properly fit a mask to my face?
A trip to our dive shop in Paramus is your best bet to
ensure that your SCUBA mask fits you properly. The first
step to a proper fitting is to place several different
masks on your face and check that the surrounding seal
fits the contour of your face. Check all around the mask
and under your nose to make sure it fits to your face
without sucking in on the mask. Usually, you will find
several brands and styles that fit, some better than
others. Then, take each mask again and put it on your
face without putting the strap on your head and lightly
suck in through your nose. The mask should seal
completely and stay on your face when you let go of it.
Eliminate any that do not. From the masks that are left,
pick the ones that provide the best field of view.
Finally, choose the mask that you like the best based on
style or preference out of what is left.
How do I properly fit a pair of SCUBA fins?
The fins you select for SCUBA diving will depend on the
type of diving you will be doing. Divers that dive in
warm water, such as the Caribbean, often opt for the
full-foot style of fins. Divers that frequently SCUBA
dive in colder areas like New England usually go for
open back fins with wetsuit boots. To ensure that you
have a properly fitting pair of fins your best bet is to
take a trip to our dive shop in Paramus. If you
will be using open-back fins, bring your wetsuit boots.
If you going to buy full-foot fins and are going to wear
a neoprene sock, bring those with you. Once you get to
the dive shop, you will probably have a number of
different brands and styles of fins to choose from. When
fitting open-back fins you want to be able to slide your
foot up into the foot pocket without it being too tight
or too loose. It should feel comfortable on your foot
with your foot out straight. Don't gauge the fit while
standing up on the fins, your foot will compress and
change the fit! You won't be standing while you are
swimming with them. Full-foot fins should fit snugly but
not too tight. Both types of fins should not be able to
twist on your foot, if they do the fins will rotate and
become less efficient. You may find that several
different brands and styles fit you. If this is the
case, you can choose the fin that fits the type of
diving you will be doing and the color you like.