|The Kirby Morgan M-48 Supermask frame and rigid components are made of high impact plastic. The face seal is made of the highest quality silicone and conforms to the diver’s face. The modular removable mouth pod is designed to quickly interchange allowing the diver multiple breathing gas options. The mask is also designed to accept various wireless communications configurations.
The removable lower pod is a feature unique to the Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask®. When diving, the pod is easily removed and replaced on the mask for diver capability to buddy-breathe, use a snorkel or an octopus or perform an “in water” gas switch
With the pod sealed to the mask, the flexible, silicone pod cover allows the diver to quickly place the regulator mouthpiece into the mouth or dive with it free of the mouth for communications. With the mouthpiece in the mouth, the regulator may be used without the pod being sealed to the mask.
The Kirby Morgan M-48 Supermask may also be used with surface supplied gas. KMDSI is currently developing several different pod configurations for both open circuit and rebreather use (For Military Only).
|Frequently asked questions
What makes this Kirby Morgan M-48 Supermask unique?
The removable scuba pod is a unique feature in a full face mask. The mask may also be used in the surface supplied mode. Multiple scuba pods may be used with different gas options while retaining the advantages of a full face mask.
The mask frame and rigid components are made of a variety of high impact plastics. The flexible face seal is made of the highest quality silicone that conforms to the divers face.
The eye/nose cavity seals under the nose in the same manner as a standard scuba mask. The mask is also designed to work with various communications configurations.
Why would I want a Full Face Mask? I already have a mask.
Until the Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® was introduced, all full-face masks had one major drawback. If your regulator or gas supply failed, you had to remove the whole mask to gain access to an alternate source of breathing gas. With the Supermask®, switching to an alternate gas source is as simple as unlatching the pod from the mask and mounting another pod or simply using another second stage regulator. If your alternate air source is another SuperMask® pod, your communications will remain operable.
What type of communications can be mounted to the mask?
The masks can be configured to use various wireless and hard wire communications systems. We do not sell the communications hardware. Ask us for recommendations on communications.
Do I have to be trained to use it?
You must be a certified scuba diver and should be completely familiar with all the operational features of the mask before diving it in open water. It is recommended that you first dive in a calm, clear body of water such as a swimming pool, if possible, to become completely familiar with all the operational features of the mask. While it’s operation is not complicated, the diver should be able to adjust the regulator for optimal breathing as well as unmount, mount and clear the pod.
Will this Kirby Morgan M-48 Supermask fit my face?
This mask has a remarkable fit. Not only does it fit most people, including those with small faces, but also most people with facial hair such as beards and mustaches.
Will this mask cause jaw fatigue on long duration dives?
With the Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® there is no need to keep the mouthpiece constantly clamped in your mouth during the dive. This makes your dive very comfortable, no jaw fatigue on long dives such as cave penetrations or prolonged decompression times, especially with the larger rebreather hoses.
Does the Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask come with a regulator?
Currently the mask comes with a SuperFlow® adjustable Second Stage Regulator. You can also purchase a mask without a second stage regulator.
Will my regulator mount on the mask? If not, which ones do?
Many of todays most popular regulators can easily be mounted to the Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® pod. However, due to a wide variety of manufacturing specs, some regulators do not fit. Please see the regulator configuration section.
What about low on air, or out of air situations?
The removable pod enables you to handle all out of air situations. Simply unlatch and remove pod and use your alternative air source, octopus, bailout system or buddy breathing to the surface.
Can I switch gases during my dive?
The Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® was designed with multiple gas switches in mind. When the pod is removed, you can use any second stage regulator, or you can mount a second pod with another second stage to the mask. This can be during the dive or when hanging in deco on a surface supplied deco gas or from bottles at the deco stops. When using a surface-supplied gas, having a pod mounted to the second stage allows for hard wired communications to the surface.