How to Keep Your Dive Mask From Fogging

Diving is all about seeing and exploring the
underwater world. Most people experience this unique setting
only by viewing it on a screen. But as divers, the mask serves as our portal
to a first-person experience of the aquatic realm. One drawback of the mask is its tendency to
fog. In this video, we’ll examine how to select,
prepare and care for the scuba mask, including how to keep it fog-free and clear it easily
while diving. When it comes to securing your very own window
into the underwater world, the best place to shop for a good quality, well-fitting mask
is your local dive center. There are subtle nuances to selecting the
ideal mask, and the pros at your dive center are trained to assist. The staff will explain how to test for a proper
fit and how to adjust the strap. Once you’ve selected a new mask, read the
manufacturer’s instructions for pre-use cleaning. Mask lenses that aren’t treated with a special
defog coating should be scrubbed with a very mild abrasive cleanser and rinsed well before
use. Commercial mask cleansers introduced in the
past few years have been very efficient. However, there are some home remedies that
will work well. One of the best cleansers is a non-whitening,
non-gel toothpaste. Before applying toothpaste to the lenses,
wash your hands to remove any oil from your skin, as natural body oils and cosmetic oils
such as sunscreen will negate the effects of the defogger. Spread the toothpaste over the entire lens
and skirt inside the mask with your finger or a soft bristled brush, rub thoroughly,
then rinse well. Masks tend to fog when moisture forms inside
and condenses on the lenses. As we mentioned previously, mask fogging can
be a common problem, but it’s one that has several simple solutions. Although you have completed the initial pre-use
cleansing of your mask, you will likely need to use a defogging solution prior to each
dive. Numerous commercial products are available
in spray bottles, as gels, drops or paste. Some products are rubbed on the lenses and
allowed to dry. Prior to the dive, the lenses are buffed until
clean. Of course, there are always the old standbys
which include diluted baby shampoo and saliva. If you have followed the guidelines for defogging
your mask and still have problems, here are a few suggestions. Check to be sure the mask is a good fit. The more your masks leaks, the more it will
fog due to rinsing off of the defog solution in the mask. When donning the mask, feel around the mask
skirt to be sure no hair is trapped under the skirt, as this can allow water to leak
into the mask. Exhaling through your nose can contribute
to fogging. It takes practice and time to learn how to
consistently breathe through the regulator and not your nose. Avoid touching your mask after applying the
defogger, as the oil from your skin negates the effectiveness of the defog product. Avoid placing your defogged mask on your forehead
or in direct sunlight. There are times when your best pre-dive defogging
techniques just don’t cut it, and you might find yourself struggling to see clearly through
a partly cloudy mask. In this case, try washing the fog away. Do this intentionally by breaking the mask
seal and letting a small amount of water inside. Tilt your head down and move it from side
to side, swishing the water over the lens to wash it clear. Next, simply perform a mask clearing skill
the way you learned to do it in your open water dive certification course. Your scuba mask is indeed your window to the
underwater world. Caring for it properly will help keep the
mask fog-free so you can see clearly and enjoy your diving adventures.

0 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Dive Mask From Fogging”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *