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How to Care For and Maintain Your Dive Mask

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on How to Care For and Maintain Your Dive Mask Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks, Scuba Product Guides
Dive mask.

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Dive masks are your portal into the underwater world, and once a mask fits well it becomes almost an extension of the body. This might explain why most divers don’t devote as much maintenance to their masks as they do their regulator or BCD, despite its critical importance to the underwater experience. Many simply dunk the mask in a freshwater tank after a dive, dry it, put it back into the box and give the mask no more thought until the next dive. By paying more attention to your mask, you can extend its lifetime, and surely a few extra minutes is worth it to keep a comfortable mask with a good, familiar fit.

It’s also a good idea of clean the mask with toothpaste at least once a year, just as you would with a brand new mask. This helps with defogging.

Between Dives
A diver should have an established routine for gear inspection between dives. These tasks might not be performed between every single dive, but should be carried out periodically at home. If it is not already a part of your routine, add mask inspection to the process. Examine the mask strap, frame, buckles and skirt for tears and cracks. Damage to any component of a mask can lead to failure in the field, so it demands instant attention. Replacing the strap is easy enough, and buckles on some masks can be replaced, but a damaged frame or skirt means replacing the entire mask.

Dive Time

The following tips will help you extend the life of your dive mask:

  1. Never set your mask face-down on any surface. It increases the risk of scratching the lenses. The mask should always be laid down face-up, and if it feels like your mask is more rather than less exposed to damage, you’ve left your mask in the wrong place and should move it.
  2. Rinse the mask out in freshwater after each dive and allow it to dry completely before storing it. If you cannot let it dry completely, at least leave your case unbuckled and slightly open for ventilation on the trip home, and resume drying the maskĀ  before putting it away.
  3. Never dry your mask in the sun. Direct sunlight degrades silicon.
  4. Set your mask in its hard case in such a way that the mask skirt isn’t deformed when you close it. Storing the mask in a bad position deforms the skirt and shortens its lifespan.