A good scuba dive mask goes a long way toward making sure you have a comfortable dive
But once you have it, how do you properly care for it? And how do you stop that mask from fogging up?
There's nothing more annoying than not being able to see once you're underwater and having to continually rinse your mask so you can see.
Here are some tips on scuba dive mask care, maintenance and defogging so you can have an enjoyable dive.
(For more information on masks, take a look at our dive mask buyers guide including our picks for best dive masks in different price categories.)
When you purchase a new mask, there may be an oily film on it. This is from the manufacturer and helps to protect the mask during shipping.
What works best to remove this? Good 'ol toothpaste!
Put a small drop on the lens and rub it over the areas that have this residue on them. This would also include the strap. Thoroughly rinse the mask in fresh water and reinspect to make sure it is clean. Repeat if necessary.
Just make sure it is not a gel toothpaste. I have always used plain Crest for this (and to clean my dive slate) with no ill effects. Removing this film will stop the mask from fogging.
Maintenance of your scuba dive mask is straightforward. No rocket science here. Just follow these simple steps:
Essentially there are 3 different ways to keep your scuba dive mask from fogging while you are diving. I have used all 3 while diving and all 3 are effective. We usually have a mask defogger solution when we dive and that is our first choice.
There you have it, the 3 mask defogger techniques to try during your next dive trip. One of them should work for you.
For more information, check out our other pages on masks and snorkels:
You can also check out our choices for Best Diving Masks if you are in the market for a new mask.
Looking for other scuba equipment and accessories? Check out our picks for Best Dive Gear.
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