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Mares Tests Full-Face Snorkeling Masks in the Light of Snorkeling Deaths

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After concern was raised about the recent spate of snorkeling deaths in Hawaii (Undercurrent Oct 2017) because some casualties wore full-face snorkeling masks that might have led to CO2 build-up and possible CO2 poisoning, manufacturer Head/Mares reached out to Hawaii authorities to try to understand how these deaths might have occurred.

They followed up with a visit to the rEvo rebreather factory in Belgium (also owned by Head/Mares), to have the Sea Vu/Aria mask, jointly sold by both Mares and Ocean Reef, tested for CO2 build-up on in-house ANSTI scientific testing machinery. In the absence of any criteria for testing snorkeling masks, they applied the European Union norms, adopted by organizations such as NASA, for testing full-face scuba diving masks....

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