This course is a NAUI or SDI Continuing Education Course for certified divers and as well for candicates that are enrolling with law enforcement Public Safety Diving Search and Rescue Dive Teams.  This course will train you to for safe and proper use of Full Face Masks including features, function, normal operations/use as well as contingency procedures. This training course includes academics, confined and open water instructional phases, and evaluation in the performance of skills and a written examination.

Full Face Mask (FFM) will allow you to increase your visibility by 180 degrees and you can effectively communicate underwater via a Buddy Phone betweenyou and your dive group.  Diving with the Full Mask allows you to relax and enjoy the view like never before and not worry about maintaining the second stage regulator. In addition, the Full Face Mask (FFM) will help insulate the diver from a coldwater environment.

Join the latest trend in scuba diving, Full Face Mask (FFM) Diving.  This trends is taking hold because of the many advantages of the FFM. Here are some of them:

  • FFM does not fog - you never need defog.
  • FFM does not leak - positive pressure keeps water out.
  • You are natural breathing and you can breathe through nose
  • You have 180-degree field of vision and better overall vision throughout your dive.
  • You don’t have to bite down on a mouthpiece resulting in reduced jaw fatigue.
  • Your face remains warm in cooler or cold water.
  • It eliminates concerns of having water on the face 
  • You can wear corrective eye wear inside the mask
  • Masks have communication systems that can be used to communicate with your dive buddy or the dive boat. This can eliminate confusion and provide increased safety.

As you can see by the advantages, this is why FFM has become so popular.


  • You must be 15 years old or older
  • Open Water Scuba Diver certified and present your c-card.
  • A medical history form must be completed.
  • You are responsible to make sure you are medically qualified to participate.

Time to Get Started with Booking

  • Go to the Booking Calendar and select the first day that you would like to enroll in this Course.
  • Next click on the Add To Cart tab andselect the quantity of participants that will be enrolled in the course.
  • Fill out all of the information requested.
  • Fill out and sign all the required forms.
  • You will receive an email confirmation from the training department and a phone call from one of our dive professionals to discuss further details about your this course.
  • Or you can always visit Riverside Scuba to book this course, ask any questions and to meet one of the Public Safety Diving Search and Recue Dive Team members.
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This course consists of 4 phases over 3 days as follows:

  • Phase 1- Online E-learning.
  • Phase 2 - Academic Classroom with Written Examination.
  • Phase 3 - Pool Training Skills.
  • Phase 4 - Open Water Training Skills.

What you can expect to learn:

The NAUI or SDI Full Face Mask Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Purpose
    • Diver safety
    • Communications
  • Advantages
    • Increased diver safety
    • Communications
    • Corrective lenses
  • Disadvantages
    • Increased air consumption
    • Buoyancy
    • Bulky
  • Types
    • Appropriate/inappropriate
    • Scuba quick connect/disconnect
    • Surface supplied
  • Techniques/procedures
    • Donning
    • Diving with a full face mask
  • Underwater Communications
    • Types of communication equipment
  • User/field maintenance and care
  • Authorized servicing/preventive maintenance
  • After use

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Dive plan
  • Equipment set up
  • Proper donning and adjustment
  • On the surface, switching from open to close
  • Proper weighting
  • Establish buoyancy and demonstration of buoyancy control
  • Equalization techniques
  • Clearing a partially flooded mask
  • Remove and replace full face mask underwater
  • free flowing full face mask
  • Successfully switch to a back up mask
  • Remove mask and utilization of alternate air source
  • Alternate air source ascent
  • Ascent and exit
  • Log dive

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the NAUI or SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the NAUI or SDI Full Face Mask Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.


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