New Scuba Diver Advice

Preparing a new scuba diving mask

A display of scuba diving masks in a dive shop

Scuba diving is an adventure that allows you to explore the underwater world and explore the beauty of the marine life below the surface. However, when it comes to scuba diving, having the right equipment is crucial. 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. Let’s look at how to prepare a new scuba mask for use. Our focus here is to remove residual oils left from the manufacturing process. If left on the mask, these oils prevent your defog from working. A mask that is constantly fogging up at 50′ is going to make for a miserable dive.

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. Most of the time, if you are buying your mask from your local dive center, you can do this there at the store. Additionally, one of their dive professionals will most likely volunteer to help you. If you chose your local dive center wisely, then you know that you can trust them to help you.

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. Clean it thoroughly in this step.

Step 3: Remove Residual Oils From Your Scuba Diving Mask

Finally, let’s get rid of the residual oils left over from the maufacturing process. Many times simply washing your mask won’t get rid of them.

To remove these oils, I recommend a specialized mask cleaner like Scrub. Optionally, you can use a grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn. If you are using a commercial mask cleaner, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. 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

Now get out there and dive confidently!

For a more detailed set of instructions to prepare your scuba mask for use before your first dive, join our mailing list for new scuba divers. Readers of the newsletter learn “The Sitcom Method” of cleaning a mask handed down to me from one of my scuba mentors.

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