Looking for a mask

Looking for a mask?

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to choose a good fitting mask and that you also had time to practice the techniques for easy mask clearing. You’re “just looking for a mask”, right? Here we go…

How to choose a mask

How to choose a mask

We are going to mix our tips with personal preferences. This is already a mission, in other words: being objective with subjectivity! One of the big commitments you will have to make is to choose between a transparent or solid mask skirt.

Transparent skirts will allow a lot of light to enter the mask and is going to give you a bright vision. Solid skirts, available in many funky colors nowadays, will have the advantage to give you a more focused vision underwater. They will have a big advantage in reducing a lot the typical glare from the transparent mask skirts. Transparent skirts are very comfortable for snorkeling as well. Just mind that prolonged exposure to sunlight will reduce the transparency and slowly turn them yellowish. Here again, your preference will be capital, but you know the saying, once you go black, you never get back!

Another preference that will have its toll on your choice is the option to go for a single or double lens. Double lenses have usually a smaller volume and sometimes can be swapped for correction lenses. Single lenses offer a wider angle of vision and they often help with divers experiencing a pressure point on their forehead or nose. The biggest recent trend with lenses is the UV coating that gives a slight metallic look. You know the one that makes you look so cool! They are definitely an option you want to consider. The coating is great to protect your eyes and will increase your visual experience underwater. TIP: Always choose a mask that has tempered glass. That’s the safest option to protect your eyes in case the lenses burst.

Looking for a mask?

Looking for a mask?

More and more divers are preferring free diving masks to classic scuba diving masks as they offer a very small volume and are generally more flexible. They will therefore be easier to clear, adjust more to your face and deal better with the pressure changes underwater. Now sometimes, because of their small sizes, they will reduce your vision underwater. There you go, thanks for reading. We hope this helps you choose the mask that you’re looking for. If you agree to disagree, let us know in the comments below! Our next mask related blog input will talk about how to maintain and care for your mask.

Diving with disabled divers

Diving for everyone – diving with disabled divers


Diving with disabled divers

Diving with disabled divers


Diving with disabled divers might be the most rewarding diving experience! What is your most rewarding diving moment? May be it is that you have helped someone , or that you have discovered a special fish? Or may be that experience is yet to come…. Diving with disabled divers certainly is on top of my list and close to my heart. To ensure that more people can enjoy the experience, we run Disabled Diver Workshops here at Oceans 5 Dive Resort , on the tropical island of Gili Air in Indonesia.

During their Divemaster course, our candidates have an opportunity to think outside the box and learn ways to handle divers with various Abilities. The fun part is that they take turns in experiencing the different roles: the guide, the assistant and the diver, doing so, they discover what techniques work best.

In the paraplegic scenario for example, the guide needs to understand how far/close he needs to be to have an effective communication with the diver ; the assistant also needs to try various ways to hold the diver to best control his Buoyancy and the diver feels how he should swim with his arms to move underwater.


workshop disabled divers

workshop disabled divers


Taking on different roles in various diving circumstances, the participants discover their own way of dealing with divers. They learn to think that there is more than 1 way to handle people/situations in diving and ultimately, they grow as dive professionals equipped with amazing tools.

So why not kick start your diving career by becoming a super Divemaster and/or a super Instructor who can guide or teach diving for everyone! The workshops are guided by our Course Directors: Sander Buis, Padi Adaptive Technique Instructor Trainer and DDI Instructor Trainer Examiner and Giny Pinto, Padi Adaptive Technique Instructor Trainer and DDI Divemaster Instructor. They are based in the only disabled friendly diving resort of the Gili Islands: Oceans 5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia.

How to choose a scuba mask that suits you!

No more mask leaks: how to choose a mask that suits you!


How to choose a diving mask

How to choose a diving mask

Hi everyone and welcome back to our blog about scuba diving techniques & tips. We hope you enjoyed the recommendations of our recent edit about clearing the mask. As promised, we are going to talk now about one of the most important pieces of equipment a diver needs under water (and even at the surface!): a mask.

A mask is an essential piece of equipment. It is part of the core gear every scuba diver should own: mask, snorkel, fins and dive computer. These four elements are the foundation safety (and comfort) for every underwater enthusiast. Like for a lot of things in life, finding the right fit is important and it can sometimes become a quest. There are as many different masks out there as they are divers. A mask needs to be comfortable right away. Any pressure point on your forehead or on the nose will NOT get better with time, unless you have corrective surgery.

Regarding the material, our best bet would be to go for silicone. If you are allergic, you can easily find valuable alternatives nowadays. There are different qualities and you should aim for a soft and flexible material. Please be careful if going for rubber masks… they have a protective coating to extend the lifetime of this natural material that rubber is; but it is not a friend of seawater, pool water, sun and is very sensitive to temperature changes.

There is a very easy two-step process to check if the mask is the right fit for you. The first step is to put it on your face without the strap, position it properly so that it fits you well, and try to create a vacuum by inhaling through the nose. If the mask is fitting correctly, it should hold on your face by suction. To confirm, tilt your head down and the mask should stay there. If it doesn’t or if air is still passing through, then this mask is not the right fit. The second step would be to put the mask strap on. It should be adjusted without being tight. When doing this, position it on the rounded part of your head, just a few mm above your ears. The point here is to feel comfortable, with no pressure points anywhere. The function of the mask strap is to keep the mask from losing it. Unless you want to look like a superhero for many hours after the dive or if diving in strong currents, do not overtight it. The water pressure will do the job. A micro adjustment possibility for the mask strap is definitely an advantage here. You’re almost there. Now, you need to test if it is vacuumed sealed on your face when you have a mouthpiece in. You can do this without getting wet by putting a regulator (a snorkel can possibly do the job as well) in.

Same story here, if you still feel air passing through when inhaling, the mask is not fitted for you. We hope these tips were helpful. If you have others, please let us know in the comments below. Our next blog is going to talk more about the different mask types and their advantages!

Mask Clearing

The secrets behind mask clearing…

Clearing a mask is an essential skill that needs to be mastered by many in the very early stages of your scuba education. Understanding the concept is one thing, doing it might sound frightening in the beginning. Water surrounding your nose can be uncomfortable for some of us…

Let’s try to work on this! TIP: Fear of water getting into your nose? Looking down before flooding the mask will avoid water entering in it! First, let’s think about what needs to happen…


Mask Clearing

Mask Clearing

We need to flood the mask, and like everything in scuba diving, the slower the better, especially when submerged in cold water. This allows your face, it’s sensitive receptors and your nose to get slowly used to the presence of water. Breaking the seal of the mask is very important: gently lifting the bottom of the mask or one side of the mask skirt while tilting your head sideways, or slightly pinching the top part with two fingers should work fine. TIP: For a partial mask flood, lift your mask from below until water is under your eyelevel, the remaining air in your mask should keep the mask from flooding completely.

Now, you need to increase air pressure inside your mask to allow it to push the water out. Here are 2 means to achieve this. The first technique is probably the easiest one. Start by cautiously exhaling through your nose while looking down and maintaining pressure on the top part of your mask by pressing it firmly against your forehead. Then, while the air pressure is now increasing in your mask, start tilting your head backwards (looking up may help) and continuing exhaling through the nose. Repeat it if your mask is not completely clear of course. TIP: Just blow out gently will do the trick!

Clearing a mask

Clearing a mask

Blowing out too hard will make the air escape and bubble out in the water. The second one is to do a “C” shape with your thumb and index of each hand to lift skillfully (a few mm please!) the lower part of your mask while maintaining the top part sealed on your forehead. The exhalation need to be timed perfectly with the lifting of the mask. Here as well, a slight tilt of the head backwards will ease the clearing. TIP: Are you wearing contacts or fearing the water will sting your eyes? Keep your eyes closed!

Now time to practice and let us know in the comments below which technique is working for you! PS: Clearing the mask is facilitated by having a mask that fits you well.

More on this in our next blog: No more mask leaks: how to choose a mask that suits you!

Gili Air is the best island in the world to teach diving

The magic of island life on Gili Air is made through human connection.


The best island in the world to teach diving On Gili Air, the magic of island life is made through human connection.

The best island in the world to teach diving
On Gili Air, the magic of island life is made through human connection.

Thinking about jumping ship – or cubicle – and following your dream of becoming a dive instructor? Or maybe you’ve already taken the plunge – pun intended, but are now looking for a change of current? Yet where to begin or where to next is always the question. And with so many paradisiac parts of the world accessible to dive professionals, this can become quite an overwhelming decision.

Most of these dive hubs will offer excellent facilities, great diving conditions, palm trees,
coconuts, crystal clear waters, breathtaking sunsets, beautiful women, you get the idea, so we’re not going to give you that speel. Sure, Gili Air has all those things – in abundance, that’s not what makes our island unique or notably different from the hundreds of other tropical islands around the world.

What’s the point of moving to such a paradise only to find yourself alone, far from your
friends and with no one to share it with? As the great Alexander Supertramp once said ‘happiness is only real when shared’, the thing that makes our tropical paradise so unbelievably unique; the crew you’ll be sharing it with.

When you do your IDC with Oceans 5 Dive or go for your first dive on your first day of
work, we’ll be there by your side. When you see your first green turtle one of our guides
will swim beside you making the turtle sign with great enthusiasm even though they’ve
been swimming with these guys for years; they’ll get excited cause you’re excited. When
you’re gearing up in the morning, you’ll be greeted round every corner by coffeeless,
hungover, happy individuals who will always have a smile for you even though they’re
half asleep. When you take your first discover scuba course, you’ll be met with multiple
helpers on the boat grabbing your gear and giving you an understanding squeeze when
one of your students tries to breathe from their inflator hose.
There are not many places of work that you get to scuba dive every day with all your best
friends. And that’s just skimming the surface. Beyond our dive shop, our entire island is
one big family that in just a few days you’ll be an integral part of.

This is an island where you’ll sit down for a beer with someone from the complete oppo-
site side of the world only to find yourself best man at their wedding years later. An island where you’ll have just as many mates underwater as above water, seeing a friendly face on every dive who will always be happy to point out that hidden pigmy seahorse you’re casually swimming over. An island where in times of struggle there are too many shoulders to cry on so instead you’ll find yourself laughing through the tears. This is an island where people connect on a level that’s so much deeper than diving.

Come join our giant, goofy, loveable, crazy fun island family. We’re here waiting for you
beer in hand, feet in the sand.

PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty

PADI Sea Turtle Awareness specialty at Oceans 5 Dive Resort


PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty

PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty

Our Dive Resort, located on Gili Air in Indonesia, offers both participant and instructor levels for the PADI Sea Turtle Awareness specialty.

In between all the sad and depressing news articles that cover plastic pollution, overfishing and the palm oil industry, only to name a few, there are also news topics that brighten up our days.

Although all species of sea turtles are on the IUCN red list with status ranging from vulnerable (leatherback) to critically endangered (Hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley) globally, around the Gili Islands in Lombok, Indonesia you are guaranteed to find a healthy population of 2 species: the Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill.

Our local sea turtles are a major tourist attraction. Both local and western businesses understand the importance of protecting aquatic life, including turtles. Nesting grounds on the beach are fenced off to protect hatchlings and the hatchlings are kept in nurseries until they are a bit older which increses their chance of survival.

Scuba divers and snorkelers alike enjoy spending time with these locals. Over the years our sea turtles have become used to the presence of observers. This allows for very close encounters with these gentle creatures as they carry on with their day to day bussiness.

This doesn’t mean that the waters surrounding the Gili Islands are sea turtle petting zoo. Strict rules of interaction apply and these rules are well known to all scuba diving operation and snorkel tour companies.

What is the PADI Sea Turtle Awareness all about?


Sea Turtle around the Gili Islands

Sea Turtle around the Gili Islands

The specialty kicks off with with an introduction to sea turtles. The instructor will explain the anatomy of sea turtles, how they feed and what their main foodsources are.

Participants will also learn how to identify all species of sea turtle with the help of a sea turtle field guide.

Furthermore particpants will learn how sea turtles breed and what happens with a hatchling through out it’s life. The instructor will also explain how we can minimize our impact on their breeding and nesting behaviour, as this is today a big problem with the continuing development of coastlines.

To end the course the instructor will lead 2 dives in open water to sites where participants will guaranteed spot both the Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtle. The newly aquired identification skills can be put into practice followed by a debriefing and a discussion on why the observed turtles are thriving around the beautiful Gili Islands.

Become a Sea Turtle Awareness diver and help us protect these beautiful ancient sea creatures.

Help scuba divers become aware of the struggles that modern sea turtles are going through by becoming a PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty Instructor and educate scuba divers.

Divemaster Course in Gili Air

Diving Deep into Gili Air life as Divemaster

Divemaster Course in Gili Air

Divemaster Course in Gili Air

Find your paradise on Gili Air and a new career with the Oceans5 PADI Divemaster Course.

Here at Oceans 5 Gili Air, our Divemaster course teaches you how to become a professional div- er and industry leader. Through expert training, workshops and hands-on practical as- sessment, you’ll acquire the skills to guide and supervise clients, assisting our experi- enced PADI Instructors during diver training.

Oceans 5 Dive is a Career Development Dive Resort hence during your Divemaster train- ing you will learn not only how a regular dive shop runs, but an IDC dive shop. We also offer additional workshops to give you the most well-rounded training available, just ask our latest candidates!

Ten Divemaster candidates recently finished up their time at Oceans5 Dive on Gili Air and were keen to share what an amazing experience they had. While it’s been a wild few months with the earthquake and its effects, our DMCs have left with great stories to tell and new skills not only in diving but people management, NGO coordination and how to work under stress.

Divemaster candidate James was part of our Oceans 5 family during the quake and its aftermath:

“I felt like the whole place was a big family and they take you on board with open arms. After the quake hit, rather than just leaving us to our own resources we were all put up in a villa in Bali where together we worked to help our friends and their families back in Lombok organising fast ferry rentals for supply runs and other things. Being together also kept our morale high and we motivated each other to continue on during this crazy time.

After the earthquakes and the chaos, being on the island and just hanging out was pretty special. It’s a super great place with so much to do on your days off or when you’re not diving.

During the recent earthquake, James and our Divemaster Candidates really were invalu- able to us. They helped with all sorts of side projects above and beyond the course. At Oceans5 Dive we really do stick together through the good, the bad, the ugly and even the shaky.

Lotte, another of our Divemaster candidates, loved the many facets of Gili Air life.

“I loved the freedom: that you could take a day off to go to the beach or climb Mt Rinjani and that you could take all the time you needed, no rush.

“I loved snorkeling and also Scubawing – it’s like learning how to do underwater acrobat- ics. And diving around the Gili Islands is amazing! All the best dives sites are only 25 minutes away or less.

“And I loved the people: the Oceans 5 family where everyone was so fun but when you had an issue everyone was ready to help.”

At Oceans 5 we pride ourselves on being one big family, welcoming all our guests and DMCs to come and join us. And not just when we’re at the shop: we do dinners, spend time off together and hang out when times get tough.

Divemaster candidate Marie, being a bit of a foodie, loved the variety of cheap eat op- tions available on Gili Air.

“Yes the diving is awesome, but the food! So many yummy places to eat. You can even get Italian pizza handmade by real Italian men, and authentic Mexican food!”

But when Marie did have to knuckle down and get working what she loved most was that she didn’t even have to leave the shop to get a good feed between dives:

“We may not have Uber Eats, but you can still organise to get your lunch delivered to the shop from all different places on the island whether it’s pizza or nasi, you’ll eat like a king and keep your energy up whilst you dive.

And while she was busy learning Marie could always have some cat therapy if she need- ed it;

“I love the fact that Oceans 5 is such a cat-friendly place.”


Gili Air is actually full of friendly well-looked-after cats. Wherever you go you can get cud- dles and make new friends both animal and human.

Gili Air is open for business and very much alive, and Oceans 5 is waiting for you to find your paradise here and maybe even a new career as a qualified Divemaster.

For more information on our Gili Air, PADI Divemaster Course check out: https://www.oceans5dive.com/en/padi-divemaster-course-gili-islands-indonesia

Post Earthquake PADI IDCs on Gili Air

Post earthquake PADI IDC’s at Oceans 5 Diver Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia


Relaxing during your PADI IDC

Relaxing during your PADI IDC

At Oceans 5 Dive Resort, located on Gili Air, Lombok in Indonesia all remaining PADI Instructor Development Courses of the year 2018 are taking place according to schedule.

No one wants to go through a natural disaster. Unfortunately they are part of life and happen occasionally around the globe. Recently Nusa Tengara Barat (Indonesian province where Lombok and the Gili Islands are part of) had its share. A series of earthquakes terrorized the region. The situation is dire in the north of Lombok, where basic commodities like drinking water and food are not easy to come by. Other areas like the Gili Islands are more fortunate and are full on rebuilding to re-open businesses and get the local economy running again.

Diving around the Gili Islands

Diving around the Gili Islands

The importance of getting life back on track can’t be stressed enough. A lot of locals from the most affected areas are employed in the regional tourism industry and depend on their weekly wages to break the struggle.

Oceans 5 Dive Resort opened up their doors on the 21st of August. A short while later the Career Development Center was fully functional with a motivated local staff to welcome guests.
The same goes for the IDC department. Both of the classrooms had a little make over and are looking better than ever. An experienced team of PADI Course Directors is eager to show candidates the PADI way of life and train them to become confident and capable Open Water Scuba Instructors.


What’s in it for candidates who decide to come to Gili Air this time around?


Wonderful Gili Air

Wonderful Gili Air

Experiencing Gili Air like it was 10 years ago: A peaceful and serene little island with a lot of positive vibes.
An abundance of marine life! Very little scuba diving activity in the past weeks did wonders for the underwater world.
A chance to contribute to the local economy and put a smile on the face of the beautiful local community.
The same excellent quality of education in the best IDC facilities on the 3 Gili Islands, with an open water training site only 10min by boat and two dedicated 20m+ training pools.
2 weeks complimentary fun diving and a chance to co-teach with the Oceans 5 instructors to put teaching techniques that are practiced during the IDC in a real life setting.


The Oceans 5 crew and Gili Air are ready to welcome candidates!
For more information visit www.indonesie-idc.com or send an email to idc@oceans5dive.com


Chinese PADI Course Director at the Gili Islands

Chinese PADI Course Director Tin at the Gilis in Indonesia

PADI Instructor Tin or Li Ding, joined a few years ago our team. In this years he followed the PADI road till Course Director. We, Oceans 5 Gili Air, are very proud to have Tin in our team as one of the main Course Directors. This is Tin’s story how to become a course director, and how to achieve his dream. He will be the first Chinese PADI Course Director on the Gili Islands.

Tin’s story

My story of leading myself to becoming a PADI Course Director would be traced back to the moment I did my Instructor Development Course (IDC). I was naturally and completely inspired by the charm of the 2 Course Directors I had, meanwhile I just realized how important and encouraging to be a good role model for the future instructors to pass on your passion, enthusiasm, minds, approaches…

PADI Course Director Ding Li

PADI Course Director Ding Li


After becoming an instructor, joining Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air in Indonesia, i got another opportunity to grow and progress. High standard and quality teaching, the strong team capacity to work tightly, the courtesy of treating customers…, my career was just fully enriched by those people and spirits, till I cannot wait to share those what I absorbed to more people, I decided not to hesitate.


PADI Course Director Ding Li at the Gili Islands Indonesia

PADI Course Director Li Ding  at the Gili Islands Indonesia


“Teaching them to become nice PADI instructors”, I think that’s a really simple reason why I chose to be a PADI CD, but ‘sharing is caring’, since I care the industry, I would be more than pleased to share to those who are also ready.

Happy bubbles!

The route of a PADI Course Director

From BB to Gili Air to Kota Kinabalu : The route of a PADI Course Director.


Hey everybody, I am Pierre and I am a PADI Course Director!

PADI Course Director Pierre

PADI Course Director Pierre

This amazing journey started more than 6 years ago when I did my PADI Instructor Course at BB Divers, Thailand.
When I became a Staff Instructor, about 1 year later, I knew I was willing to reach the highest level in the PADI pro system of Education. I always loved to participate in developing, improving, mentoring and coaching candidates, whatever their level was.
After 4 funtastic years, it was time to move on…

During a dive holiday in Indonesia, I ended up in Gili Air.
When arriving, I stranded like many at Oceans 5. Dived there about 10 days and fell in love with everything. The team is amazing & the infrastructure is the best I have experienced in the world.

This is where I met Sander, the dive guru 😉 , PADI Course Director and owner of Oceans 5.
Sander talked me about his plans to create a unique Course Director Agency – Your IDC – and looking for different profiles of candidates.
Less than a year later, I arrived for good in Gili Air. Here is where I fine-tuned my training by staffing our monthly IDC’s and assisting our in-house CD’s Sander, Joeri & Giny! THANKS A LOT GUYS!

Pierre at the CDTC

Pierre at the CDTC

When I got selected for my Course Director Training Course, I couldn’t believe what was finally going to happen! This year, PADI organized a 2nd session in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

So beginning of September, I flew to KOta Kinabalu and started meeting fellow CD Candidates from all over the world as well as the PADI staff. These guys are amazing, we learned so much on teaching, counseling and evaluating tomorrow’s future of the dive industry.

I feel now fully ready to teach The Way the world learns to dive!

Thank you Sander & thank you Oceans 5.