Keeping your mask clear while on a scuba adventure is often a trial for novice divers so we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you. After all, the entire point of scuba is being able to see the amazing aquatic life around you. A mask that keeps filling with water or fogging up is not only frustrating but can be dangerous if it distracts you from your surroundings.
When scuba diving, it is vital that you pay attention to the marine environment and keep track of where your buddy is. This is so you can react appropriately and timeously in the event something unexpected happens. All this depends on your mask being clean and comfortable. Another good reason for taking care of your scuba mask is pure economics. This goes for all your dive gear; the better you look after it, the longer it will last and the more value you will gain from its use.
Scuba Mask Tips and Tricks
A big issue with new masks is their fogging up. To prevent this happening, scrub the inside of the mask lens with soft scrub, toothpaste or the product recommended in-store by the manufacturer, and rinse with freshwater. This washes off the chemical residue that often coats the lens post-manufacture and leads to fogging. Thereafter, you only need to use defogging solution before each dive to keep your mask crystal clear.
Post each scuba dive rinse your mask in lukewarm freshwater. It’s best to use warmer water as it more readily dissolves the sea salt that will otherwise corrode your gear. You can also use a little dish washing liquid if you wish. If you have a silicone mask give it a good soak in Milton once you’ve rinsed it thoroughly. Milton’s solution – mom’s staple for sterlising baby’s bottles – is perfect for preserving the lifespan of silicone masks and preventing discolouration.
Once clean, allow your mask to completely air dry before storing it in a cool, dry space away from direct sunlight and insects. Cockroaches in tropical climates have a penchant for silicone; typically they’re able to destroy this virtually indestructible material, so consider yourself forewarned.
- Extra Care When Storing
Always place your mask face up to avoid scratching the lens. There is nothing more annoying than a large scratch across your line of vision. Another good tip when storing your mask is to pack it loosely to preserve the natural shape of the skirt and straps. Allowing your mask to lie squished in an unnatural position can permanently damage the skirt and straps, and cause leakage problems when you’re out on a scuba trip.
It really doesn’t take much effort to maintain your dive mask but it pays big dividends, ensuring your comfort and safety and the ability to take in the wonder of life underwater. For any help with your scuba gear, contact Scuba Scene.