One of our customers recently told us about his ‘WOW’ experience after admitting he didn’t realise how much he had been missing on his dives. He was recommended to us when he noticed things were getting a bit blurry around him underwater, and on the first dive with his new prescription dive mask, even the smallest of details were suddenly crystal clear. But more crucially, he no longer struggled to see his computer readings. Because here at Dive Sight, it’s your safety as well as your diving experience and comfort that matter to us. And we make sure that regardless of your eyesight challenges, how complex your usual prescription may be, you can still get the best out of every dive with our new thin lenses in your prescription diving mask.
I’m going to explain to you the benefits you can gain from not only a precision prescription dive mask, but how thin lenses in your prescription diving mask will improve that even further. And how Dive Sight can bring the best to you in terms of crystal-clear vision and ease of reading your technical equipment; the most comfortable diving masks; and sound knowledgeable advice around the right prescription lenses for your needs.
Having worked in the industry for over twenty years now (yes, straight from school!) I know how glasses and optical appliances have progressed. And I also appreciate how diving should be one of the most awe inspiring ‘out of this world’ experiences. How do I know this? Because I am a diver myself.
When I first started work though there was never such a thing as prescription dive masks. A blurry underwater imagination was as far as we got! And it was some time before the advances in technology and our sport combined.
But why should you miss out on such things as diving holidays and day trips just because you are short-sighted, long-sighted or have other problems with your eyesight, and would usually wear glasses? We believe you don’t have to miss a single moment of what could be the best experiences in your life, and we make sure you have the ultimate in visual equipment for every style of diving, made specifically to your requirements. Which is why we also pride ourselves in being the UK’s leading dive mask lens manufacturer.
I’ve highlighted the benefits of a prescription dive mask in an earlier blog, and genuinely believe that, with precision prescription dive mask lenses, your dives will take you way beyond your dreams and expectations. From snorkelers to sports divers, and leisure divers to professional underwater photographers (yes, even the BBC underwater cameramen buy their masks from Dive Sight), there is a diving mask to suit all your needs. And we are the experts in then manufacturing and fitting lenses of your exact prescription.
I’ll explain in more detail later how we take care of everything from start to finish. But for now, I want to highlight that all our dive mask lenses minimise distortion, reduce fogging and are manufactured to resist even the harshest of scratches.
Plus, you no longer need to worry about thick prescription lens looking out of place in your mask, because we can add ‘high index’ thin lenses in your prescription diving mask. This will take the appearance and style of your mask, your confidence of being completely safe to see your dive buddies and readings, and all-round view to another level!
The way lenses are rated or indexed can get quite technical, so I have listed the benefits of 'high index' lenses as simply as possible:
Or we can help you to choose the most appropriate mask for your needs, and then fit your prescription lenses.
No matter what your prescription, all corrective lenses are permanently and securely bonded to the front or rear of the original flat glass in the mask. No concerns with leakage or misting up. All you need to do is dive in, enjoy every minute, and then we would love it if you came back to tell us all about it!
With a highly recommended reputation for manufacturing and supplying precise prescription diving masks to amateur, leisure, and professional divers all around the world, we guarantee the best service and products for your individual requirements.
With a passion for diving myself, you will notice the difference when you speak to us here at Dive Sight. You don’t just pick a mask off the shelf and ‘put up with’ what you have chosen if it doesn’t feel right.
We help you choose your mask and then, using your prescription, we manufacture and fit your bespoke lenses. Or, if you already have your own preferred mask, simply send it to us along with details of your prescription and we do the rest. It really is as simple as that.
Short-sighted, long-sighted, Astigmatism or specific visual challenges? Nothing is too difficult for us to handle. Your diving safety and security, as well as comfort and creating an unbelievable experience each time you dive with one of our dive masks is what we are here for. So, contact us today to find out how you, too, can arrange for thin lenses in your prescription diving mask, and give your underwater world a whole new perspective!
Are you a seasoned and experienced diver? Are you a holiday diving enthusiast? Or are you just wondering whether to dip your flippers in the water for the first time? The great news is that scuba diving is great for your health!
Diving is not only good for your body and physical fitness; it helps ease the stresses and strains of everyday life and so is great for your mind too! So, please, whatever you do, don’t let eyesight issues miss out on one moment of this incredible experience.
Fitness, Strength & Flexibility
We know that swimming is a calorie burner and muscle toner. Scuba diving requires even greater strength and resistance, as you are swimming against more intense pressure.
Your entire body benefits - from strengthening your core, which then improves general posture; muscles lengthen and strengthen, right down to your feet gaining flexibility whilst controlling the speed and direction as you swim.
On top of the swimming itself, carrying your equipment, belts, and tanks all helps to strengthen and tone those muscles, and build endurance too.
And for some, the biggest bonus of all is as you fight the underwater currents, navigate wrecks and reefs, and enjoy the most amazing experiences, you can burn up to 500 calories per hour!
The entire diving experience allows your body to recuperate, regenerate and some say it takes you back to the feeling of being in the womb! Strange as it may seem, floating in the water apparently gives the same feeling of weightlessness, security, and contentment.
Not only does diving provide strengthening and fitness, it is also great for anyone suffering with physical injuries and disabilities.
Scuba diving is now one of the most inclusive sports, where specially trained instructors and dive buddies ensure nobody misses out. From minor injuries to full amputation, there are very few challenges that cannot be overcome.
And, don’t forget the healing power on the skin of seawater and the sun’s Vitamin D…
As well as the physical benefits, diving forces you to clear your mind of all other thoughts so that you focus only on your breathing, equipment, and surroundings. Great for stress-relief!
It’s a calm and relaxed environment where, once you get used to hearing yourself breathe, all your worries literally drift away.
Being separated from your phone, laptop, and the general noise of the world is amazing and the benefits of switching off from all of that can prove to be a real boost for mental health.
In fact, studies have shown that diving promotes a positive mood, mindfulness, and can help reduce levels of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.
Although you’ll probably have the natural instinct at first to hold your breath as you go under water, you will soon learn to breathe more slowly, deeply and be more controlled. Diving teaches you to breathe correctly.
Your body, muscles and brain, therefore, receive optimum levels of oxygen. As your breathing deepens, your heart rate automatically reduces. Your muscles will power you through the water for longer and your brain will concentrate for longer. So overall, you feel in control both under water and when you are back on to dry land.
Blood Circulation and Blood Pressure
So, we now know that scuba diving is great for your health, for physical fitness, and can help with mental and emotional wellbeing. But don’t also forget that with the full cardio workout that it gives your body, your blood circulation will also benefit.
When you dive into the water, your heart rate may increase initially (particularly if the water is colder than your body temperature), but once you’ve started to warm up and regulate your breathing, your heart rate and blood pressure will also reduce.
Medical evidence has shown that those who dive regularly, and are otherwise fit, may also be less prone to strokes and heart attacks.
You’ve probably watched fish swimming gracefully in a tank or walked through an aquarium and felt calm and relaxed… Imagine how diving in amongst the deep blue yonder could change your entire world!
The colours you will be surrounded by as you pass the most stunning creatures, flora, and fauna, are beautiful and as the water magnifies everything around you, it creates something incredibly special indeed.
Your entire experience will be one of amazement and we can guarantee you will be hooked!
And last, but not least, meeting like-minded people with whom you can share experiences is one of the added health benefits that often gets forgotten.
It’s an opportunity to be sociable. Even if you are anxious or nervous about speaking to people under normal circumstances, the beauty of hand signals means that no matter what language or nationality, you can still communicate under water!
You will be paired up with a dive buddy, and you will always look out for each other. So even if you arrived on your own, you’ll never dive alone.
I’m sure you will agree that not only is it going to give you one of the most unique experiences life can offer, but it’s also fair to say scuba diving is great for your health … mind and body! And, if we can help you see every single detail of your scuba diving experience with our prescription scuba diving masks, then that makes our work worthwhile.
Safe scuba diving and snorkelling is all about enjoying the underwater experience. But, of equal importance is keeping a close eye on your dive buddy, seeing all that is going on around you and monitoring your levels and gauges. Eyesight deterioration, eye disorders and general poor vision can make some people nervous about diving – don’t let it! With our prescription scuba diving masks, you can scuba dive to your hearts content!
Water naturally magnifies objects by about. 33 percent, and so it may be enough to just use a standard scuba diving mask. But, if you have a more complex eye disorder or worsening condition, particularly if you are a frequent diver, this can be trickier.
When considering the options available for the safest and most enjoyable dive experience, you might want to consider the alternatives to wearing glasses under your mask… which believe it or not is what some people do! The earpiece and/or arm of the glasses. can pierce the mask skirt and will not allow the mask to securely seal around your face. Not ideal at all. Our solution comes in the form of a full prescription scuba diving mask.
Whilst it is perfectly acceptable to wear contact lenses for diving, and some divers prefer this option, there are pros and cons to consider:
The downsides to wearing lenses
Prescription Bonded Lenses
The final and, we believe, by far the best alternative to give you complete precision sight and comfort is our Prescription Scuba Diving Mask.
They are a slightly more costly option in the short-term and for non-frequent divers, we’re not going to cover up that fact. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost when looking longer term and for absolute certainty that, once in the water, you can focus on the dive itself rather than any other obstacle.
Our prescription scuba diving mask lenses are specifically made for three main types of vision and distance requirements - single-vision, bifocals or reading – to your exact prescription.
As they are UV bonded into the mask, there is no risk of them being lost or even dislodged and so do not need replacing. The lenses can be made to suit all types of diving and underwater work, so even the detailed and precise close-up vision needed for photography can be catered for.
There is no cleaning required before you use the mask, as any film on the glass will have been removed through the bonding process.
And the beauty is that you can choose the mask yourself so you will already have confidence that it will be a perfect fit for comfort and practicality.
We believe, a prescription scuba diving mask is the only alternative for those who cannot or choose not to wear contact lenses, and the most cost-effective long-term solution for anyone who needs sight correction at any time.
Your PADI Diver Training will have given you the principles of diving, built your confidence, and practical experience. You know what kind of accidents could happen and most importantly, you know how to avoid them in the first place.
So now it’s down to you to follow some simple guidelines and make sure you keep not only yourself safe but also your dive buddies.
Breathe at all times
Whilst it may be a natural reaction to hold your breath underwater, it can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. It is one of the first things you learn in your basic training, and one thing you must always remember. Afterall, the slower and more controlled your breathing, the more you will be in control of your dive and the more relaxed and enjoyable it will be.
Always Check your Equipment
First, make sure you have the right equipment for your dive. Remember if you need a prescription scuba diving mask, so that you don’t have to wear your glasses underwater, we can provide you with this. Different dive centres may require slightly different equipment, so if in doubt, just ask. Then, make sure your equipment is working as it should. Complete your buddy-check too because if either of you have a malfunction, it will cause problems for you both. Being prepared will mean you are more relaxed, so don’t turn up late and then hold everyone up whilst you have to go through your equipment checks – you will not make friends that way!
Yes, you may have completed your open-water qualification and think you are safe to dive anywhere but, realistically, every day’s a school day. Taking advice and guidance from dive masters and instructors, learning from your own experiences, and keeping your knowledge up to date will keep you interested and stand you in good stead. And make the most of different courses on offer to continually widen your experience – at your own pace though, whenever you are ready to move on.
Diving regularly and keeping your skills up to date will give you a better chance of enjoying every dive safely. Knowing what to do in an emergency, performing other key skills and even the basics, such as mask clearing, buoyancy control and buddy-check can never be practiced enough if you are to stay safe each time you enter the water.
Stay Fit and Healthy
We know that swimming requires a level of fitness, but scuba diving is more strenuous as you can be diving in strong currents, carrying heavy equipment and need to be able to breathe correctly. If you overstretch and overexert your body, this can lead to all kinds of injury and cause accidents. It is fair to say that obesity, alcohol, smoking and tiredness can all cause decompression sickness, and other problems which could be avoided.
Come Up Slowly
We have already mentioned how important it is to keep your breathing regular, and it is vitally important to ascend slowly and safely (simple tip: ascend slower than the line of bubbles every time you exhale) to avoid decompression sickness.
Know Your Limits
Never let yourself be put in a position where you are out of your comfort zone. If it feels wrong, then don’t do it. Never go beyond your training limits, nor what you are physically or mentally capable of. Your dive buddies would far rather you pulled out of a dive than put yourself or anyone else in any danger.
Check your buoyancy at the surface
Always check your buoyancy at the start of the dive, and then a positive buoyancy at the end of every dive will prevent any problems arising if other divers are in trouble. Inflate your BCD, if necessary, drop your weights and relax! Conserving your energy and taking the time to float naturally now will round off your overall experience perfectly!
Stay Safe and Enjoy
Remember your training, be well prepared, work with your dive buddies and just breathe gently through your own little underwater extravaganza!
Your diving experience will get better and better every time, provided you stick to the guidance for safe scuba diving and protect the underwater environment. Make sure you see every bit of it in the best light too with the right mask for you – stay safe and enjoy! More information on our prescription scuba diving masks can be found here.
No matter what your budget or level of experience; whether it’s the marine life, wrecks and reefs; or a combination of everything, we’ve listed some of the best liveaboards and resorts for scuba diving around the world.
Schooling sharks, stunning reefs and walls teeming with marine life. Easily accessible wrecks. The most beautiful surroundings along with temperatures you could happily bathe in. Yes, the Red Sea has it all!
Sharm El Sheikh is known for extravagant and glittering lifestyles, but the spectacle doesn’t stop when you go beneath the surface. In fact, Sharm is one of the most popular dive locations for beginners to learn. With 50 dive centres, whether novice or experienced, you will find something for you. Visibility can even reach up to 60m in places, so you’re likely to easily spot the swimming manta rays, barracuda, sharks, and stingrays around you.
Marine life aside, the SS Thistlegorm is considered one of the best wrecks in the world. You can still see the 2 locomotives, 2 tanks, motorbikes, and anti-aircraft guns amongst the artefacts. This is one of those sites which is hugely popular, where 2 days might just be long enough to make the most of it, and definitely worth a visit.
If you would prefer something a little less busy though, the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohamed Marine Park, Aqaba’s wreck of the Cedar Pride and the Blue Hole at Dahab will be just as satisfying. Scintillating sea life, dramatic coral formations with a bit of history thrown in make for the most exhilarating diving experience!
With more than 3,000 species of fish, 13,000 islands and part of the Coral Triangle, you will not be short of great diving experiences in the Indonesian Republic.
The island of Alor with schools of hammerheads; stunning underwater photography opportunities at Raja Ampat with the highest biodiversity on Earth; and of course, the Komodo National Park, offers great diving even during the Monsoon as it is Manta season!
Puerto Galera, in the Philippines, is home to around 30 dive centres, with a great opportunity for night diving to explore the reefs, coral, and drift dives along the walls. Bali will provide you with muck diving and coral-encrusted wreck dives along with impressive underwater cave systems and caverns. And finally, the remote and protected status of the Galapagos Islands ensures you will love this ‘diver’s paradise’. Wolf and Darwin Islands are simply breath-taking, where you will be diving amongst the sealions, penguins, hammerheads, sea turtles and eagle rays. There’s plenty more to go at if this is the area for you, so do your research before you put plans in place.
It’s not always the easiest of places to get to, but well worth the effort. And although the islands can be prone to some strong currents, sheltered areas can be found for the more novice divers. But with so much to explore, you will not regret adding to your dive log in surroundings like this!
Most famous for the 2000 km Great Barrier Reef, a spectacular sight, Australia hosts numerous dive sites suitable for PADI Open Water divers. But, the more experienced among you can delve deeper and dive further out to the more remote areas.
And you certainly won’t be alone in the waters here with a variety of fish, dolphins, sharks, and humpback whales likely to join you! Amongst the unspoiled reefs of Lizard Island, the SS Yongala wreck of Townsville and the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays of Ningaloo Reef there is nothing to disappoint in Australia!
A note of caution though, please dive responsibly at the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, it might be worth getting out there sooner rather than later, as it is slowly deteriorating with bleaching brought on by the climate changes. It is most certainly experience you’ll not want to miss.
If you are looking for your own little Mediterranean paradise, the Maltese Islands might be just for you. Voted amongst the top three dive sites in the world, and one of the European favourites, the 50 dive centres across the three islands of Malta, Comino and Gozo cater for all.
Wrecks, reefs, and caves make up the 100 dive sites and create the most magnificent underwater landscape. Gozo is probably the more challenging with rocks, crags, cliffs, and a ladder rather than a steady sloping beach down to the water. But Xlendi Bay will give you the complete opposite, with shallow to deep diving and a beautiful cave dive thrown in.
Although in the main they are accessible all year round, June to September is the best time to visit.
And our final recommendation, for when you are scuba diving around the world, is the spectacular, yet possibly surprising, dive location of Iceland – the only place you can dive two continents at once! You can dive here all year, and although there are longer daylight hours during the summer allowing for evening dives, remember that with only four hours of daylight in December, winter months are best avoided.
Downsides to Iceland, other than the cold? A dry suit certification may be needed; a medical self-check must be completed; and only divers aged 17 yrs+ can take part.
However, the benefits of these unique crystal-clear waters, with visibility in the Silfra Fissure lagoon reaching over 100m; the pure spectacle of diving in volcanically heated ‘geothermal’ waters and the stunning landscape both above and below the water, far outweigh the downsides.
Strytan is the only place in the world where you can dive next to a hydrothermal vent, and astonishingly jellyfish, cod and pollock, and possibly even an inquisitive humpback whale may join you! Kleifarvatn Lake will give you a strange mix of sensations as you feel the clay-like lakebed, and gas bubbles start to pop up causing the rocks around you to vibrate, all mixed with the sulfur and hydrogen sulfide gases.
So, the choice is yours, and with our prescription scuba diving masks you have no excuse not to see everything perfectly! Let us know if we can be of any help.
With over 11,000 miles of coastline to explore, the UK has some of the best dive sites right here on your doorstep! OK, the temperature might be slightly off-putting, but with a decent set of thermals, a woolly hat, and a few flasks to keep you warm, what’s not to love?
We list five sites here to help you see why scuba diving in the UK is becoming more and more popular.
Probably the furthest north of the UK sites is Scapa Flow - a wreck divers dream. 52 German Naval ships were scuttled here during the Second World War. Now quite easily accessible, Scapa Flow is often voted one of the top dive sites in the UK, Europe and even the world, not only because of the history and pure spectacle of the wrecks, but also the marine life that surrounds them in the crystal-clear green waters.
Although obviously chilly, and at times quite challenging, the best time to dive here is December through to March when the water is clearest.
But don’t take our word for it, Open Water divers and those with more experience looking for deeper dives travel here from all around the world - definitely one to try!
The coastline around Devon, in the South of England, is festooned with lobsters, urchins, natural kelp reefs and caves. At the right time of year, you will see some of the most amazing cuttlefish and can even take part in a night dive to experience sea life after dark.
Lundy Island is one of the most scenic and memorable sites to visit. It was the first UK area to be given the title of Marine Conservation Zone, in 1986. On the hour-long boat ride from the beautiful seaside town of Ilfracombe, you may even be lucky enough to see some of the cheeky ‘Labrador-like’ seals, dolphins, and playful puffins and porpoises!
Whilst Lundy is not a dive centre itself, there are over 40 dive sites around the island, and dives can be arranged from the mainland for all levels of experience. Because of its position joining the Gulf Stream with the Mediterranean Sea, it makes for one of the most enjoyable UK dives with clear views and plenty to explore.
40 miles off the Outer Hebrides, the World Heritage Site at the archipelago of St Kilda is not one of the shortest trips. But most certainly worth the extra time if you want to explore it thoroughly. From pink jewel anemones and colourful sea slugs to lion’s mane jellyfish and a natural abundance of other flora and fauna, this really is one site you will not want to miss. And, trust me, you won’t be the first to want to keep going back time after time!
St Abbs Marine Reserve offers some of the best shore diving in the UK because of the combination of deep water close to the shore and strong tides. The double archway of Cathedral Rock is the main highlight for first time visitors there too, the entire reserve brimming with marine life!
For an eerie yet spectacular dive experience, the HMS M2 submarine, lies about 3 miles off Lyme Bay. It was an underwater aircraft carrier designed to come to the surface, launch one aircraft and then dive back beneath the water. However, it is believed that the hangar doors were left open when she submerged, and thus sank in 1932, losing all 60 crew members.
At a depth of around 36m, she remains virtually intact, hangar doors still open, and sits almost upright on the seabed. This is a site many divers love.
If you pay this wreck the same respect as you should with any underwater experience, it will certainly be one to remember. Although watch out for the congers lurking in the torpedo tubes!
Dorset’s Swanage Pier is home to the UK’s oldest diving school. With accommodation and food galore, it is a fabulous first sea dive site for new divers, and with so much more to see than you would possibly imagine from wooden stilts beneath the sea! No dive is the same as the next and even the seasoned divers still love a dip off Swanage Pier.
But there are also boat dives out to the numerous wrecks, and drift dives from Old Harry Rocks and across the Peverell Ledges. Some fascinating relics lie beneath the water including a sunken amphibious tank – work that one out!
We round off our tour of some of the great UK dive sites with The Farne Islands. On the east side of England, just below the Scottish border, they offer both drift diving and dozens of steamship wrecks to be explored.
Not only that, though, it is the experience of diving with the largest grey seal colonies in England that attracts many other visitors.
Hundreds of seal pups are born each Autumn, so you will never be alone as you investigate their fantastic underwater world. But a word of caution – watch your fins, as some of the very inquisitive young pups are likely to tug if you are not paying them enough attention!
So, with all the above, hopefully you now appreciate why scuba diving in the UK has so much to offer!
But if you want to find out more about how we can help you see the best of the best all around you, please get in touch.
Although generally designed for adult faces (usually 4.5-5 inches from one edge of the skirt to the other), modern design and technology means finding a mask that fits smaller faces is easier now than ever before. Yes, it’s fine to rent or borrow a mask. But it really is worth buying one for your specific needs, so we thought we would list some of the considerations and recommendations for the best scuba diving masks for smaller faces.
The best masks should form an airtight and watertight seal; effectively manage your air consumption with each dive; and not leave your face covered with marks, no matter how long you are under water. Comfort is one thing which will determine your overall enjoyment, so although it may take time finding the mask that fits you best, it really is worth it.
Skirts - the mask skirt isn’t just to colour co-ordinate your dive suit! It will impact the amount and quality of vision around you. A clear or transparent skirt allows more light to give you clearer all-round sight (like a panoramic sunroof!) Although the extra light can create reflections and could cause a distraction if you’re not used to it. But, if you suffer with claustrophobia or think you might feel hemmed in, this is one for you.
Conversely, a black skirt is a favourite with technical divers and underwater photographers. The contrast between dark and light clarifies vision and allows you to see further.
The benefit of brighter white, yellow, and pink coloured skirts is that they are easy to spot and will make you more easily identifiable, even in murky waters. These may be good for the newer or less confident divers.
Single or Dual Window - single window masks may give you a wider view and are more travel-friendly (fold into a flat shape), but they don’t always fit well on narrower faces, and may leak. They also hold larger air volume too, so they are harder to clear, and are not compatible with most corrective lenses.
Dual window masks use two pieces of glass, so although less foldable, many of them use teardrop shaped lenses so will give you better quality ‘downward’ vision (helps when reading gauges, getting in and out of the water, and can help reduce claustrophobia). Dual window masks also fit more face shapes, are easier to clear and you could still fit coloured and prescription lenses.
Smaller faces don’t tend to suit masks with three or four pieces of glass, as they use wider frames, and can cause underwater reflection and distort your vision. So, dual window is your best option.
The amount of air your mask holds will affect how easy it is to clear, and how far the mask sits away from your face. Most divers prefer a low volume design as it’s easier to push water back out if you get small leakage.
One thing to note when looking at prices, is that although it is related, the price doesn’t always reflect the quality. There are some great masks on the market, even for smaller faces, at very affordable prices.
Once you have the best fit, and the best design for you, you can focus on your dive itself.
There are many masks available now to suit children and adults with smaller faces, so here’s a few with other benefits:
Cressi offers a wide range of masks specifically suited to children and adults with smaller faces, so it is worth looking through in more detail.
So, there you have it. You now know how to find the best scuba masks for smaller faces. And, in the words of the Small Faces (rock band from the 60’s and 70’s), “it’s all too beautiful” and we don’t want you to miss a thing. So, if you wear lenses or glasses, it’s worth investing in a prescription lens for your mask... just ask us for more info.