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April 2009    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 35, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Have Problems With Your Mask’s Upward Vision?

from the April, 2009 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Dear Undercurrent,

After reading John Bantin’s article “Have to Replace Your Mask?” in the January issue, I have to ask, why does every article I’ve seen on masks always talk about ‘downward vision’? I really want to know about ‘upward vision.’ When swimming along the bottom, eventually the neck gets sore and the back may take a beating if an arched back and neck are extended for a considerable amount of time. No article ever talks about the upwardviewing angle.

- - A Subscriber, Scotts Valley, CA

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Dear Subscriber,

I don’t think the problem is mask design for upward vision. If you’re swimming along at the proper angle, you shouldn’t have a problem. You may need to look at your overall trim. Maybe your weights are worn too high or you need heavier fins if you’re getting a sore neck. If you need to look up, taking in a little air may cause your trunk to rise, giving you better upward vision.

- - John Bantin

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