Choosing and Using Full-Face Masks is the latest DVD video from Hammerhead Video. The 48-minute program was written, shot, and directed by . Kristine Barsky served as the producer and is featured in the program along with Blair Mott and public safety diving instructor, Jeff Morgan.
Full-face masks are the preferred equipment for public safety dive teams and other professional divers, such as underwater photographers, marine biologists, and anyone who must communicate underwater. They are also considered essential gear for ice diving and for diving in biologically polluted water. The video includes underwater footage shot under the ice, in mountain lakes, offshore California, and in British Columbia.
In Choosing and Using Full-Face Masks, you'll not only learn how to select a full-face mask, but also how to rig it to make it work efficiently and comfortably. Full-face masks are not difficult to use, but they do require additional training. This video will provide you with the recommended techniques for how to use your full-face mask to maximize your enjoyment and enhance your safety.
Bonus features - Operation Safe Water - a 13 minute video on a contaminated water diving exercise featuring the San Bernardino Sheriff's department and FBI dive teams. Historical Full-Face Masks - a collection of unusual and unique full-face masks. DVD-ROM features - Mask manuals and catalogs
Included in the program are masks from Interspiro, Kirby Morgan, OceanTechnology Systems, and Ocean Reef. Also featured are dry suits from DUI, Vikingand Whites, as well as lift bags from Subsalve. You'll see public safety divers, marine biologists, and underwater camera men working in a wide variety of settings where full-face masks are essential to their jobs.
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When I was looking into buying my first Full Face Mask, it was difficult to find information on the topic. Ocean Reef and Ocean Technology Systems, two of the largest FFM manufacturers in the marketplace, have videos available on the internet, but neither discuss the pro's and con's in selecting a FFM. This is where Hammerhead Press and Kristine Barsky differ.
The video is average quality, but very informative. Not quite as cheesy as the PADI instructional videos, but isn't going to win any awards for special effects. The informative DVD covers many topics, including what to look for when selecting a FFM, caring for a FFM, and some history of the Full Face Mask. It also discusses the differences that you will encounter between a Full Face Mask and traditional scuba gear.
When discussing bailout procedures, unfortunately this is where the video is lacking. This video discusses the use of a bailout block or gas-switching block. While this is the ideal option for public safety divers in contaminated water (which are one of the largest users of FFM's), it is not always feasible for recreational divers as the equipment is expensive. There is no mention of mask removal and replacement using an octopus, which is what is taught in PADI courses as well as others.
The video is a great start for learning about choosing FFM's, but to learn how to use the mask, nothing can replace proper training from an experienced FFM diver or instructor. If you can find a Public Safety Diver trainer, I would highly recommend learning bailout procedures from them.