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Preparing a new scuba diving mask

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Scuba diving is an exciting adventure that allows you to explore the underwater world and witness the beauty of marine life. Whether you are headed to a lake, a shore dive like the Blue Heron Bridge, or diving off your favorite boat, when it comes to scuba diving, having the right equipment is crucial, and one of the most essential pieces of equipment is your scuba mask. A properly fitted and prepared mask is essential for a safe and enjoyable dive. In this blog post, we will go over how to prepare a new scuba mask for use, with a focus on removing residual oils left from the manufacturing process.

Step 1: Inspect Your Scuba Diving Mask

Before using your new scuba mask, it is important to inspect it for any defects. Look for scratches, cracks, or any other signs of damage. If you notice any defects, return the mask to the manufacturer or the retailer where you purchased it.

Step 2: Wash Your Scuba Diving Mask

Even if your new scuba mask looks clean, it’s important to wash it thoroughly before use. Use warm water and mild soap to clean the mask’s lenses, skirt, and frame. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or tools that could scratch the mask’s lenses. Rinse the mask thoroughly with clean water and let it dry completely.

Step 3: Remove Residual Oils From Your Scuba Diving Mask

Removing residual oils left on a new mask is an important step that is often overlooked. These oils can come from the manufacturing process and can cause the mask to fog up during a dive. To remove these oils, do not use toothpaste. You can use a specialized mask cleaner or a grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn. If you are using a commercial mask cleaner, follow the instructions. If you are using Dawn, apply a small amount to the inside of the mask and rub it around for a few minutes. Rinse the mask thoroughly with clean water and let it dry completely.

Wrap Up

Preparing a new scuba mask for use involves inspecting the mask for defects, washing it thoroughly, removing residual oils, applying an anti-fog solution, adjusting the mask for a proper fit, and testing it for leaks. By following these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a safe and comfortable dive.


  • Inspect your mask for defects before use
  • Wash your mask thoroughly with warm water and mild soap
  • Remove residual oils left from the manufacturing process

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