Scuba diving in South Africa is an exhilarating experience. Once you have completed your training and bought your brand new gear from Scuba Scene, you’re aching to leap into the water and explore the depths. But have you given much thought to your gear? As with any equipment, your scuba gear needs regular care and maintenance. If not cared for properly it will degenerate much faster and you’ll find yourself spending a fortune having to replace it.
Caring for your scuba mask
Your first concern is cleaning your mask. There is no point diving in stunning Sodwana Bay if you can’t see through your mask. Despite missing out on the wonderful underwater scenery, you are also endangering yourself and fellow divers if your vision is not clear.
For newly-bought scuba masks, rub a coin sized amount of toothpaste gently on the lens with your fingertips. Rinse and repeat a few times. This will remove the manufacturer’s film off the lens, which creates fogging during the dive. Fogging will still occur, but this can easily be remedied with an anti-fogging product or saliva, which does not work if the film is still present on the lens.
Scuba diving masks get damaged easily
The sun can damage your scuba gear more than you realise. Take care not to leave your gear in direct sunlight at any time. After your dive, you need to clean your gear as well. Saltwater will damage your gear, especially the rubber parts. Soak your mask in lukewarm clean water and rinse it with clean fresh water again. Pat it dry with a towel and leave it a shady area to dry thoroughly. If you do not plan to dive again soon, you need to prepare your gear for storage. Rub a small amount of dishwashing liquid on the rubber, especially the areas that are in contact with your skin, rinse in clean fresh water and let dry before packing it away for the season.
Scuba Scene in Pretoria provide scuba gear and advice on how to care for it, so that your scuba diving in South Africa is hassle-free and enjoyable.