Why You Should Bring Your Own Diving Mask on Vacation

If you’re going underwater on your next trip, your own equipment makes a difference.

Teenagers swimming underwater with dive masks
If snorkeling is part of your vacation, you’ll find peace of mind in bringing your own mask and gear.Shutterstock

Diving can add both fun and education to your time away, and many people simply decide to rent their gear at the dock. While that’s one way to go, you should also consider investing in your own diving mask; it makes a real difference when you head under the water.

Fits Just Right

Tusa Freedom diving mask
TUSA Freedom HD Scuba Diving MaskTusa

Like any other item, masks aren't "one-size-fits-all," and renting a mask involves gambling they'll have something that fits snugly on your head. Too tight and it'll be uncomfortable; too loose and your mask will slowly fill with water, forcing you to surface and pour it out. With your own mask, you'll be able to choose a good fit and show up at the dock.

Pick and Choose

SeaDive Oceanways Scuba/Spearfishing Dive Mask
SeaDive Oceanways Scuba/Spearfishing Dive MaskSeaDive

Your own mask will also give you a choice of extra features. Diving masks have a wide variety of styles, features, and designs, and there are features you may want, like an extra-wide field of view, that the rental place may simply not have available. Picking out your own mask will ensure you've got everything you want on your face when you dive.

Function and Comfort

Atomic Aquatics Venom Frameless Dive Mask
Atomic Aquatics Venom Frameless MaskAtomic

One of the perks of owning your gear, however, is that you can dive more often, and dive on your schedule. Instead of waiting for gear to come back to the shop, you can simply put on your mask and head out with the next boat. Vacation shouldn't be about waiting in line and arguing over what's available to rent; leave that to your day-to-day life back home. Bringing your own mask ensures you get the most out of your time away.