PADI Full Face Mask Diver

Diving with a full face mask allows you to breathe from your nose and mouth, providing added comfort in colder water. They can also be useful for various types of specialty diving.

Because full face masks allow you to breathe from your nose, they are also beneficial for those who have difficulty using standard scuba masks. Diving with a full face mask offers a different experience and that alone may be reason to give it a try.

1. Course overview

You’ll gain confidence by starting with dives in our indoor pool, followed by a further 2 open water dives. The knowledge development portion will be carried out through PADI e-Learning in your own time.

If you prefer, you can also do a try-dive first, to see whether the full course is something you want to continue with.

You already need to be a PADI Open Water diver (or equivilent certification from another training agency), and you need to be at least 12 years old.

2. What you'll learn

There are several different types of full face masks, so you begin learning about varying mask features and components.

Next, you learn techniques for preparing and diving with a full face mask as well as proper maintenance. You’ll get comfortable using your mask and practice skills, such as properly preparing and checking your mask for the dive, making adjustments underwater, and clearing water out of the mask.

You’ll also practice responding to simulated out-of-gas emergency situations.

3. Equipment

Unlike our introductory courses, you’ll either need to provide your own scuba kit, or hire some from us for the duration of your course. If you want to look at purchasing your own, we’d be happy to help you also.

As a minimum, you’ll need a mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD), scuba regulator, and the instrumentation to monitor your depth and air supply. You can hire cylinders from us, or bring your own in-test cylinders with you to be refilled at the dive site.

You’ll also need adequate exposure protection for the conditions you’ll be diving in (this could be a wetsuit or drysuit) to keep you comfortable on your dives. If you dive in a dry suit, you need to ensure you have the correct training for this too.

Some courses may require additional equipment, depending on the individual course requirements.

Any equipment you provide yourself must be in a serviced, well-maintained and safe condition. No exceptions!

4. Learning materials

We will send you any e-Learning materials needed for your specialty course, which will take you to the registration area of the PADI site. This teaches you the background information you need for your course, and allows you to study at your own pace.

You can complete this on pretty much any device with an internet connection.

Some courses also have physical learning content, which we can give you once you’re enrolled.

Ready to start?

You can book and pay for your course with us online, either for yourself or someone else. We’ll send over any e-Learning content to your email, and we can then work with you on suitable dates and times for any in-person sessions.

We have availability throughout the year, although if you have specific dates or a timeline in mind, please check with us first.

Your next adventure...

One of the key benefits of diving with a full face mask is the additional comfort when diving in cooler waters, such as in the UK. If this is the type of diving you’ll be doing regularly, definitely consider the PADI Dry Suit Diver course.

Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm – even in very cold water. You’ll stay warm, dry, and be comfortable on all dives! 

During the course, you’ll gain knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit – as well as be introduced to different types of suit to make a more informed purchasing decision.

The Stellar Crew

We have a very straightforward philosophy; we are totally committed to ensuring you – our customer – have the best, safest and most enjoyable experience possible. It’s as simple as that!

Here at Stellar, we all love to scuba dive, and we love to have fun doing it. We absolutely want you to feel the same way when you dive with us.

We can very proudly boast that we’re a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre. Put simply, this means we also train the trainers – so naturally we take our education of safe diving very seriously. You’re in safe hands, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process too.