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Diving is about enjoyment and nothing ensures your diving enjoyment more than your mask. Over the last 20+ years of diving I have tried a range of masks but I have never found a mask more comfortable than the new Cyanea mask from Aeris/Oceanic. The technology and innovation used in the Cyanea masks will maximize your diving enjoyment include:
- Double feathered edge super-soft liquid silicone skirt with stability ridges to maximise sealing against leakage
- UV & chlorine resistant elastic ski-goggle style strap provides secure fit and comfort
- Wide field of vision – up, down and side to side
- Micro-Frame construction for robust durability and reduced weight
- Improved snorkel positioning
- Superior Ultra-Clear optical glass
One of the features of a mask that most divers do not realize is a significant cause of leakage is the mask strap. The mask strap has a major effect on the seal in terms of its placement and it tightness. The Cyanea mask has a UV- and chlorine-resistant ski-goggle strap which overcomes this problem. The 2.5cm elastic strap is looped and sewn through two plastic pieces that are fastened to the hard frame, not the silicone. This helps hold the mask comfortably in place on your face throughout your whole dive.
The design has also taken into account how uncomfortable a misplaced snorkel can be on a dive, and they did something about it with a sewn-in snorkel keeper. You don’t have to worry about your strap coming unthreaded underwater or being unevenly tightened; you simply adjust the mask strap by sliding the material from the right to the left until it is sized just right, which can easily be done with 5 mm gloves on.
The slanted, wide frame and its increased field of vision both side to side and up and down. The extended lens, positioned at a downward angle, allows a diver to see and access their equipment from the chin down. While gearing up at the back of the boat with my mask on, I was surprised that I was able to look down and have a clear view of all my D-rings, clips and gauges.
I have now done about 20 hours of diving in my Cyanea mask and it my mask of choice. If you are looking for a new mask then the Cyanea has solved many of the problems that has historically existed with masks, so check out the Cyanea. The technology and innovation used in the Cyanea masks results in a minimalist frame, oversized lens and revolutionary strap, providing style, comfort and peripheral vision truly worthy of envy.
For the New Years Break this year (28 December – 4 January ), Abyss Scuba Diving have booked out Hideaway Island in Vanuatu for a tropical holiday. Hideaway is the perfect escape for both divers and their non-diving friends. There are lots of great diving sites around Hideaway, here is just a few of them.
This dive was discovered New Year’s Day 2004 (by the boys) on a post New Year’s Eve revival exploration dive. The reef is spectacularly colourful and sits in crystal clear water featuring an abundance of large intact table corals, clams, sponges, clusters of multi coloured Stag and Elkhorn corals and a variety of bright encrusting corals. There are numerous swim throughs with sunlight streaming through the cracks in the reef above reflecting light off the white sandy bottom. Max depth: 20 metres
Not only is there a magnificent array of intact plates that will rival any place in the world for colour and condition, but, as the name suggests, there is a huge anemone the size of a family car as well. The vast arrays of different varieties of resident clown fish are an added bonus. The dive starts in just 6 metres so good buoyancy is a must. A wonderful dive, and very popular amongst photographers and divers alike. A small tug boat named Bonzer was sunk near the clown colony down the reef wall in 2001. The Bonzer sits upright in 24 metres and is a fantastic wreck for experienced and novice wreck divers alike, with easy swim-throughs and great penetration points through its hull and pipe seahorses roaming its decks.
A very colourful coral area like a well-cultivated garden fit for royalty. Plate, stag horn and lace coral cascade along the side of the reef amongst others in a plethora of colour and shapes. A great photography dive. Volcanic thermal patches bubble up from the ocean floor provides a very unique dive for all. There are natural volcanic formed caves, caverns and swim throughs with natural light shining through making this a more advanced dive for divers and offers some incredible photography opportunities. Max depth: 18m
Named for the resident batfish that meet you on arrival, Gotham City is a sea mound where the batfish are the jokers!! Have no fear, both adults and juveniles will accompany you through the whole dive pestering you for a feed and posing to have their photos taken. It’s not uncommon to see reef sharks and barracuda schooling around this area, which, together with some enormous plate corals and the occasional manta ray and large yellow fin tuna cruising through, make this dive well worth a look. Max depth: 25 metres
Aside from the absolutely exquisite coral formations and oodles of reef fish, this site also plays host to some very rare anemones. Exciting enough is a blue tipped specimen with resident clownfish, but without doubt, the piece de resistance is another anemone just around the corner. A deep red in the summer, it turns an almost fluorescent pink during the winter months. If that’s not enough, there’s also a stunning wall on this site that drops to over 100m, featuring masses of hard coral plates and stag horns, as well as a vast array of fish life.
Max depth 25m.
M.V. Aloara Wreck
The MV Aloara, a 30 metre retired island trader was successfully sunk in 2001 close to the very popular snorkelling and dive site “Coral Gardens”. She now lies on her starboard side in 27 metres of water and can be penetrated by experienced divers. Inside the wreck, natural light streams through along the sand line and divers are able to view the bubble cave inside and can yell hello so everyone outside or over at nearby Coral Gardens can hear them. The wreck has been extremely popular with divers since the sinking with large schools of fish and resident bull rays now gathering here.
Hideaway Island, Vanuatu is a nice easy, quick, inexpressive escape and is perfect for divers and non-divers. With just a short 3 hour flight to arrive to warm clear water, easy diving it is a popular destination. For our New Years dive trip, Abyss Scuba Diving have booked the island so there will be a heap of cool people to dive with and explore these great dive sites.
I love my dry suit between dives!
In Sydney the water does not get super cold. Most divers are happy enough to dive all year around with the addition of hooded vest to there 7mm semi drys. While some divers find that they cut back on diving in the colder months. It is these divers that I would like to encourage to come along and give a drysuit a try.
Why stop the sport you love while the seas are flat from the westerly winds, the Port Jacksons Sharks are out and everyone else is having so much fun. I must agree it is not fun if you are cold on a dive. I find the actual dive is fine it is between the dives that I get cold and do not want to do the second one.
Well if this is your problem, lets find a solution…
It is a kind of weird feeling when you first get in the water in a drysiit. You can feel the water but you are not wet. It does take a bit of getting used to diving in a drysuit but after a course and a few dives you will love it. The best bit is the surface interval, it is so nice having the soup and chat between the dives while wearing your warm clothes. The only thing wet is your hear and hands….
So if you have been not coming diving or getting cold on a dive come along do a drysuit course and give it a go.
Vanuatua Christmas Dive Trip
The Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is situated in Mele Bay, a 20 minute ferry ride from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and coral reefs, it is one of the few places where you can hand feed hundreds of "tame" brilliantly coloured fish in a safe protected area. This is an experience you wont forget!
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