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The PADI Full Face Mask Diver Course

Why become a Full Face Mask Diver?

  • Many recreational divers feel that they can breathe better from their nose or a standard mask does not fit their face comfortably.
  • Public safety divers use it to protect their eyes and nose from potentially contaminated water, and also for communication.
  • In very cold water, it can provide more comfort and protection.
  • Let's you talk to your dive buddy or even surface support.
  • Some adaptive divers are unable to clear a standard mask.
For these reasons and more, divers have been interested in full face mask diving.  The goal of this course is to for SCUBA divers to develop your knowledge of the full face mask gear, its features and benefits, correct fit and adjustment, correct installation of the regulator as well as it's care and maintenance.  Additionally, you need to develop the mastery of the full face mask diving skills and of course, how to plan, organize and use the mask as trained.

The Fun Part

So you want to be a Full Face Mask Diver? It will change the way you feel diving. There is a different perspective when you have a wider peripheral vision. You might feel like you can see much more. More vision might mean you are more aware of others around you. Most people tend to use less air as breathing is more natural maybe even alternating between nose and mouth. Adding comms and using them effectively is an added treasure when you want to talk or get someone's attention or if you need assistance. For some of you, you might want to add more training to do more tasks underwater that include ice diving or pirate diver or public safety diver.


What You Learn

  • Benefits of Diving with a Full Face Mask 
  • Components of a Full Face Mask
  • How to Dive with a Full Face Mask
  • Full Face Mask Problems and Solutions
  • Maintenance
FFM Confined Water Dive
  • Plan the full face mask dive.
  • Conduct a predive safety check
  • Equalize the air space on descent
  • Adjust mask for watertight fit
  • Establish neutral buoyancy
  • Partial flood and clear mask
  • Fully flood and clear
  • Remove and replace
  • Respond to simulated out of air emergency with buddy
  • Effective use of comm unit (if equipped)
  • On surface perform a rescue removal of buddy's full face mask.

FFM Diver Open Water Dive One                                                               
  • Organize, plan, predive safety check, adjust weighting and execute full face mask dive
  • Equalize the air space on descent
  • Establish neutral buoyancy
  • Partial flood and clear mask
  • Fully flood and clear
  • Tour for pleasure and experience while using proper buoyancy
  • Demonstrate neutrally buoyant ascent and safety stop.
FFM Open Water Dive Two
  • Organize, plan, predive safety check, adjust weighting and execute full face mask dive
  • Equalize the air space on descent
  • Establish neutral buoyancy
  • Fully flood and clear
  • Respond to simulated out of air emergency procedures with another diver
  • Effective use of comm unit and self supplied alternate air sources (if equipped)
  • Tour for pleasure and experience while using proper buoyancy
  • Demonstrate neutrally buoyant ascent and safety stop.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You will use the basic scuba diving equipment.
 
Student Equipment Required:
  • full face mask (or rental available)
  • Standard backup mask & clip or pocket
Check with Malibu Divers about gear rentals and special deals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything here. 

The Learning Materials You Need
There is a student classroom presentation which is required; no other materials required.

Prerequisites
You must be at least:

Minimum Age for this Course: 12 years old ; Boy Scouts must be 12 years old.

* Minimum pre-requisite certification level: (Jr) Open Water or equivalent.

Links to Other Courses
Divers who successfully complete all full face mask training dives may receive credit for an Adventure Dive toward PADI Adventure Diver and/or Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. You may also take PADI Open Water Diver course concurrently with this Specialty; five open water dives are required to earn both PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Full Face Mask Diver certification.  (Open Water dives 1-3 are in standard mask, Open Water dives 4 and 5 are in full face mask).

Your Next Adventure
Certification means you’re qualified to:
1) Plan and organize a dive.
2) Participate in dives that include more advance navigation and search techniques.
3) Apply for the rating of Master Scuba Diver if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings. This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification.

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