I still remember the first time I dived wearing my scuba diving mask. I was immediately wonder-struck with all those incredible colors and creatures. But I was lucky, as someone had already told about preparing my mask before jumping into the ocean. Otherwise, I would have to look through a hazy fog down there.
Over the years, I have done hundreds of dives, and now I’m an experienced scuba diving instructor, and can pass on some really useful tips on how to defog your scuba mask efficiently. It’s a very important piece of equipment – it’s your window into this spectacular world. So keep it in top condition always. Use the top review resource to select the best scuba mask available online in 2016
How to Prepare a New Scuba Mask
When I buy a new mask, I always prepare it first before jumping in. The first thing I do is remove the tempered glass. It will make your scuba mask super foggy no matter how many defog products you use.
You may have heard of the traditional “toothpaste” method, but I like to do something that you may call “The Enhanced Toothpaste Method”. It’s a combination of burning the mask with lighter and toothpaste. Don’t be surprised when I tell you to burn your scuba mask. It works – you will be surprised when you see the results.
To defog the mask by burning, I first ensure that there is no wind. Next, I will hold the flame carefully to the inside glass area of the lens until it’s black. You will start to see the invisible film burning away from the heat of the lighter. Be careful around the silicone skirt of the mask. Never hold the lighter to a scuba mask that has glued-on bi-focals or prescription scuba lenses. The flame might affect the glue. I’m careful of my thumb too as the lighter gets very hot if you keep the flame for more than a second or two.
Set it aside to let it cool off. Don’t touch the hot lens. Also remember any sudden change from very hot to very cold can make the glass shatter.
Next, I take some toothpaste (not the gel) and using my finger, dab some of it on both sides of the inside of the lenses. I rub it well and then let it sit to dry for an hour or two before rinsing it off.
There is one more thing to do before diving. I place the mask under a tap and rinse out everything with water. You can use your fingernail to get around the skirt that touches the lens if the black toothpaste is seeped under there.
Finally, before every scuba dive, you must do another type of defog. Scuba masks get foggy often due to the warmth and oil on your skin as it reacts with the cold water and the air in between. Sunscreen and make-up can also make it foggy.
Use a commercial defog, but make sure that it is safe for the reef and environmentally friendly. I take a handful and apply this inside the scuba and swish it around with my finger and finally rinse it off.
These techniques will always work for you, as they work for me. Happy diving.