Scuba diving masks are essential to divers of all experience levels. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or expert diver, as you’ll need this vital piece of scuba diving equipment to see clearly underwater. Without a diving mask, we’re just blind explorers deprived of the ability to see breathtaking underwater sites.
One of the most important things to consider when planning a recreational scuba trip is the dive spot’s visibility. There’s nothing like the awe-inspiring feeling of seeing marine life and corals in their most accurate colors. To truly appreciate these marvels, divers should wear high-quality color corrected scuba masks.
What Do Color Correction Scuba Masks Do?
If clear dive masks can give you decent visibility underwater, why should any diver bother to invest in one with color-correcting filters? The reason we need color corrected scuba masks is simple: The effect of water on light is similar to a giant red filter absorbing red light the deeper you go, leaving visible only the blues and greens of the spectrum. By three meters or 10 feet in depth, there will be no red light left from the sunlight underwater, and by 25 meters or 80 feet, only the blue part of the spectrum will be left visible.
One of the methods that can be used to compensate for this color loss underwater is to use a color-correcting filter. In underwater photography, color filters are added to cameras to achieve great color and contrast. In the same manner, tinted scuba masks have color-correcting filtered lenses so that divers can see richer and more vibrant colors.
Divers can also use tinted masks to keep fish from swimming away. It is believed that fish look for two big eyes to identify predators that might be after them. Donning a tinted dive mask makes your eyes less visible, keeping fish from swimming away (and perhaps even piquing their curiosity).
Choosing a Tinted Scuba Mask for Your Next Dive Trip
Looking for a color correction dive mask to help you appreciate the vivid corals and schools of fish on your next dive? A great place to start would be SeaVision. This company is renowned for its production of color corrected SeaVision masks, as well as corrective dive masks for people with vision problems. The former comes with patented color correction lenses—the magenta lens and the yellow lens.
SeaVision’s yellow lens is designed to provide maximum vision in dimly lit environments, such as lakes and rivers. These lenses are also ideal for night diving. Aside from optimizing the available light, the yellow lens also improves divers’ vision.
Meanwhile, SeaVision’s magenta lens is designed for use in warmer waters where colors are more vibrant. The lens will filter out the blue spectrum in the water, allowing your eyes to see the brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, and greens that are lost as you descend to deeper depths.
The SeaVision Ultra Mask Black Skirt / Available at Leisure Pro
The SeaVision Ultra Mask Black Skirt is equipped with premium composite hard resin material (CR-39) magenta-tinted lenses. CR-39 is stronger and more efficient than normal glass lenses and provides 100% UV protection against the sun’s rays. The mask itself is designed to fit standard to wide faces comfortably, making them extremely versatile.
The TUSA Paragon Mask / Available at Leisure Pro
Recommended for underwater photographers and dive instructors, the Tusa M2001SQB Paragon has the brand’s Reinforced TRI-MIX frame and UV 420 Lens Treatment with AR and CrystalView Optical Glass (designed to give divers optimal visibility and eye protection).
The mask’s’ UV 420 Lens Treatment protects against high-energy visible (HEV) light, which may damage the retina. The AR/UV420 lenses are also adept at enhancing color, contrast, and better overall vision, which is vital for underwater photographers looking to take surreal shots. Lastly, the mask’s Revolutionary Freedom Technology is designed to provide unparalleled fit, comfort, and performance—which means divers are guaranteed a stress-free dive.