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Diving with facial hair

Postby turtle1974 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:37 pm

Hi All how many people dive with a beard and how do you stop your mask leaking ?? I have tried many different masks in the end I shaved to fix the problem
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby binklebonk » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:59 pm

I had a beard while diving for about a month and ended up just putting up with the lower part of my mask always being flooded.

Either shave a dodgy looking strip along the bit where your nose meets your upper lip or put up with it is my 2c.
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby ChuckyBob » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:08 pm

sorry, Am I addressing Mr Turtle or Ms Turtle?


I just shave a small area just below my nose and mask seal fine)
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby mattoau » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:33 pm

My dives are almost one entire mask clear. For consecutive days of diving I'll often shave the top 2-3mm under my nose, it's not really noticeable but allows a better seal.
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby binklebonk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:55 am

ChuckyBob wrote:I just shave a small area just below my nose and mask seal fine)


It looks fine on you Chucky, other folk make it look dodgy, but not you. :P
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby binklebonk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:58 am

mattoau wrote:... I'll often shave the top 2-3mm under my nose, it's not really noticeable but allows a better seal.


It really is noticeable, and it scares children. :cry:
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby divepirate » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:57 am

Vaseline helps..
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby Phantom Menace » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:59 am

A touch of lubricant can help too.

A couple of years ago I was doing Movember and happened to be using vet lube for getting into my open-cell wetsuit (suit needs to be lubricated to slide on) and a little smear of that below my nose was a help.

And yes, as Dive Pirate says - vaseline.
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby divepirate » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:01 am

caution,
using lubricant may create adverse effects.

Think, pulling up to a dive site, stripping down to your daks and pulling out a tub of KY.
you wont see your diving buddy for dust.

HAHA.
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby Phantom Menace » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:14 am

So imagine the looks I get when kitting up at the boat ramp:
- camo open cell wetsuit that needs lubricating to slide on
- wet suit has a scupper fitted so I can wear it most of the day and not smell like a goat on the car ride home (although I do tuck the scupper in once I am kitted up)
- to be able to use the scupper I have to be starkers under the wetsuit
- usually with 2 or 3 other guys (and the occaisional woman)
- loads of knives, spearguns, rubber weight belts

and then there is the industrial size tube of vet lube ...

Guess that means I am comfortable in my own sense of masculinity.
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Re: Diving with facial hair

Postby mattoau » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:28 pm

With big knives and plenty of spitting you expect diving to have a tough image. In reality it is talcum powder, KY jelly and baby shampoo.
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