Before we got in the water on our first test try of the ScubaSight® – Multi use underwater mirror, we were skeptical. Our dive buddies made lots of jokes about primping before the dive. Thinking it merely a novel idea – using a mirror to view what was behind us – we splashed, anticipating a sketchy review. We were quite surprised at how valuable this device turned out to be!
Made of marine grade materials (2.9″ x 2.9″), completely waterproof, with rounded edges and an elastic band to hold it in place, we secured the mirror to the forearm, near the wrist. With no adjustment feature on the elastic band (the website says to tie another knot to size the mirror wristband and cut off the excess), it was a bit wobbly, but served its purpose nonetheless. After a some adjusting and experimenting
Couldn’t see my dive buddy? A quick flash of the mirror showed him to the right, behind me. Where is he now? Mirror up, a fast glance, and there, got him in my sights. It was relaxing knowing that I did not have to twist and spin to find my dive buddy. He was right there in the rearview mirror.
On the surface we compared notes and found that each of us had felt that same comfort at being able to spot one another with a quick glance. Perhaps we had misjudged the ScubaSight® mirror?
Subsequent dives showed us how handy a little mirror can be to a dive. Can’t see if you have hair under your mask? Use your mirror. Feeling caught by seaweed under the surface but can’t find the problem entanglement? Use your mirror. On one dive my dive partner used the mirror while submerged to discover where the little bubbles were leaking from. Using his mirror he found his pony bottle mouthpiece was the culprit. Since our first tentative test, we have used the mirror to check neck seals and mask seals, find our buddies, check for problems under the water, and even check upon ascent to make sure our face wasn’t covered with, you know, nose slime!
The ScubaSight® website boasts even more uses, including using the mirror to redirect sunlight into ledges; keep an eye on marine life overhead; inspect your rebreather after submerging; use the mirror as a signal at the surface; and even lure an octopus from its den.
Not yet widely distributed, the mirror is sold in Italy, Alabama, Florida, New York and Ohio (see website for exact locations). Although Chaela would like to see a better way to adjust the fit (Velcro maybe), John liked the current system. We give it four out of five stars. We think the ScubaSight® mirror is a simple but valuable tool and you should coax your local dive shop to start stocking them. The MSRP is only $12.95.
FULL DISCLOSURE: The inventor of ScubaSight sent us two ScubaSite mirrors for testing without charge.