Preparing a New Mask for Scuba Diving

New masks come with a protective coating on the glass which needs to be removed prior to first use. The best way to do this is to use…….toothpaste! Modern gel type pastes, or the very abrasive smoker’s products aren’t right – you need to get the ordinary white “standard” type paste.

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Apply a good dollop to the glass and rub firmly and in a circular motion with a clean cloth. Make sure you get right up to the edge of the glass, and when you’ve finished rinse thoroughly with clean, cleat water, rubbing with a sponge or damp cloth to get every trace of toothpaste off the glass.

That’s it! You’re ready to dive!

There are many special anti fog coatings you can put onto the glass to prevent misting up, but I’ve never found anything as effective as good old spit. Just before you enter the water, spit on the glass, rub it around with your finger and then rinse in the sea water – it never fails to prevent mist ups!

Happy diving!

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Which Piece of Kit Should I Buy First?

You’ve passed your initial qualifications, you’ve had a few dives and it’s time to buy your first piece of kit! Much as you’d like to go out and splash several thousands dollars, Euros or Pounds on a complete set of dive gear, you can’t afford to, so you’re going to gradually build up your own kit. Where do you start, assuming you already have your log book?

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Choosing a Dive Mask

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Given that vision is the one sense we retain fully when we’re diving, choosing the correct mask is absolutely vital if you are to enjoy your diving.

It goes without saying that you should only purchase a mask designed for diving, rather than a snorkelling mask, for example. A diving mask will feature toughened glass suitable for the pressure experienced at depth.

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