Everything You Need to Know About your Scuba Diving Mask
There are certain things that every diver (and instructor) should know about the key areas of dive mask selection, care and use. To help you become a mask expert, SDI has put together five one-minute videos each covering the three key steps in mask selection, preparation, defogging, clearing and post-dive care.
Want to know more? Each video links to an in-depth article on the subject. Impress your buddies with your consummate knowledge of this essential piece of dive gear. Watch all five videos and read all five articles.
3 Tips for Selecting the Right Dive Mask
You should never purchase a mask without first trying it on and, when doing so, you want to be some place where you can try several masks on at once. That way, you help ensure the likelihood of getting the mask that is perfect for you.
The best place to do this is at your local SDI Dive Center, where you can also draw on the expertise of their professional staff, who often has years of experience helping divers find the right mask for their needs. You can find your local SDI Dive Center at www.tdisdi.com.
New Mask Preparation
When making your mask, the manufacturer sprays the mold for the mask skirt with what is known as a releasing agent. This helps prevent the skirt from tearing when removed from the mold.
The problem is, despite the manufacturer’s best efforts to prevent it, some of this chemical remains on the mask skirt and leaches on to the mask lens. Unless removed, this and other chemicals involved in the manufacturing process can prevent your mask defog from working.
Applying Defog Correctly
Commercial defogging solutions are not only more effective than saliva, they also inhibit the growth of bacteria in your mask between dives. Nevertheless, how can you use them most effectively?
Here is the short version: Read the directions. Although the basic directions for applying most defog is the same, do not simply assume this is true for the defogging solution you are using. Read the directions and follow them precisely.
Mask Clearing: As Easy as 1-2-3
Mask clearing has always been among many new divers’ least favorite skills. The good news is that most new divers have little difficulty with this skill (even if they may not be particularly fond of it). The bad news is, some new divers really struggle with this.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If you have the proper foundational skills, mask clearing can literally be as easy as 1-2-3.
Caring for Your Mask
To a large degree, you care for your mask the same as you would any other piece of dive equipment. The basic steps include:
- Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and allow to dry.
- Transport in a protective case.
- Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.