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The Full Face Mask Diver Course with ATLANTIC EDGE

A Full Face Mask (FFM) is an exciting alternative to a standard scuba regulator. Using an FFM is easy, a lot of fun, and offers such advantages as: a great field of vision; keeping your entire face warm during those cold winter and quarry dives; no jaw fatigue; and no chilly water against your face. 

You can even add a communication unit so you can talk to your buddy. 

But safely using an FFM requires special training, which is where this PADI Specialty Course comes in.

What you will learn: 

  • How to use a full face mask
  • The advantages of using a full face mask
  • Emergency procedures to switch to your backup regulator and regular mask
  • Underwater communications systems that can be used with a full face mask


Students must:

  • Be certified the Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 12 years of age
  • Be prepared that this is a more advanced specialty certification
  • Be able to answer "No" to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course


What is Involved?

The course consists of two parts:

  • Knowledge Development/Pool or Shallow Water Training: We’ll review information on how the full face mask works. Then we will spend some time going over basic skills with the full face mask in shallow water.
  • Open Water Training: Over the course of two dives, you apply the knowledge and skills you developed to refine under real-world diving conditions. Successfully completing both open-water training dives qualifies you for PADI Full Face Mask Diver certification.


During the colder months (December- April) we’ll be performing the shallow dives and the open water dives at Lake Phoenix (unless noted otherwise).  During our warmer months (May- November) we’ll meet at one of the local lakes or quarries where we’ll start off in shallow water and then complete our two dives.   

When Can You Start?

Check out or schedule below for dates and times.


The $195 course fee includes:

  • Use of full face mask
  • Knowledge development
  • Introduction in shallow water area
  • Open water dives
  • Certification card
  • Tanks and weights
Course does not include (required equipment students are responsible for supplying): 
  • Mask, snorkel, fins
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
  • Regulator/alternate air source
  • Depth gauge/timer or computer
  • Wetsuit with hoods and gloves (Recommend 7mm)
  • Audible surface signal (whistle)
  • Surface signal (safety tube)
  • Cutting tool
  • Slate
  • Quarry entry fees
Full Face Specialty Paperwork

Full face Mask Diver Specialty Description

 Full Face Mask Diver Paperwork Packet

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