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Scuba Diving Mask Maintenance and Tips

Updated on June 16, 2010

You have just bought a brand new diving mask and now you are eager to test it out on a dive. Well, hold on because there are a few things you should consider and do before that first dive with your new mask.

If you are new to the scuba diving world, one thing you will learn fast is that the diving mask that you have just bought as part of your scuba diving gear, will considerably influence on the comfort of your dive.

A relaxing and enjoyable dive is what you are aiming for, right? You don´t want to continually remove the water that somehow is always seeping in your mask throughout your dive. You have to prevent that in the first place.

Admiring the underwater scenery through foggy lenses is certainly something you do not want! This is another thing that can again get you frustrated and at times stress you up, is when your mask is repeatedly fogging up during a dive and having to continually rinse it.

Before I explain you of scuba mask maintenance and tips here, let me start off by telling you that as soon as you get home with your new mask, go to your kitchen sink and apply some dishwasher detergent on your new mask and rub well in and out, rinse and repeat this process two more times. Make sure you have rinsed it well of all detergent on the last process.

There is an oily film on every scuba mask that is applied by the manufacturer to protect it during shipping, protect the silicone and as well to make it look shinier on display at a diving or sports shop. This oily film if not removed will not let the skirt adhere to your face and you will probably have a problem with water seeping in your mask.

Now what a lot of people don´t know about this oil, sometimes not even the sales rep, (not that the manufacturers apply it in purpose to reduce the life expectancy on your mask), is that once it gets in contact with saltwater it provokes a slow reaction to the silicone that degrades it, lose flexibility and thus less facial adhesion with time. So make sure you remove that oil from your mask.

Mask Defogging Tips

Saliva – It sounds grouse I know. Saliva or easier said, spit. Is the easiest, most reliable, cheapest, doesn´t come in a spray bottle, most guaranteed anti-fogging liquid and fastest available solution you can apply to avoid your scuba mask from fogging up. Spit on the inside of your lenses, rub around and rinse. There you have it, simple!

Pre-prepared Solutions – These commercial solutions available at your dive shop come in a small spray bottle or drops. After you apply it be sure to rinse well. I have seen folks come up after a dive with red eyes due to the allergic reaction it can provoke on some people.

As well, be sure to wash your mask with dishwasher detergent as described above, every so often after a few dives.

Maintenance and Care

  • Always wash your mask with fresh water as soon as you have unloaded your gear from the boat or as soon as you get home. The salt deposits left when the water has dried up will slowly degrade your masks silicone and skirts.
  • Do not dry your mask by leaving it out in direct sunlight. Again it will ruin the silicone.
  • Get a sturdy plastic box with lid or Tupperware just the right size for your mask for transport and storage. Make sure this container you get is not too small that when you place your mask inside will not deform the shape of the silicone skirt.
  • When gearing up and handling your mask just before a dive, make sure you place it in a way that it will not get kicked or sat on and get the lenses scratched.
  • When storing, make sure the mask is fully dry before you close that lid. You don´t want bacteria to develop and get a nasty surprise the next time you go for your mask.
  • Periodically inspect your mask for any cracks, wear and tear and check the strap as well.

Following these simple steps will assure you mask hassle free use and more enjoyable diving moments.

Do it safely and enjoy diving!

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