How to Clear a Scuba Mask Underwater

How to Clear a Scuba Mask Underwater
Having clear vision enables scuba divers to make precise movements and have a sense of direction. Fogged masks or masks with water hinder movements and can be dangerous. Learning how to clear a scuba mask underwater enables a diver to avoid panic, remain safe and stay focused on enjoying the dive.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Close your eyes and release the mask suction, grabbing the center-upper part of your silicone mask skirt away from you so water will fill the mask. Continue to breathe normally though your mouth as you do this. Once the mask has filled with water, release the mask skirt.
Step 2
Push the upper center part of the mask's plastic skirt firmly against your forehead, keeping your breathing normal.
Step 3
Arch your neck so your face is looking upward. However, if using mask called a purge mask -- a mask with vents at the base of nose pocket -- keep your face pointed straight ahead of you or tilted slightly downward.
Step 4
Breathe through the regulator and exhale gradually through your nose. If done correctly, you will notice water leaving the base of the mask as it is forced out by air.

Tips & Warnings

 
Proper maintenance is necessary to ensure correct use of you scuba mask. It's a good idea is to invest in a quality defogging solution, applying it before each dive. This will prevent constant clearing while underwater.
 
Proper maintenance is necessary to ensure correct use of you scuba mask. It's a good idea is to invest in a quality defogging solution, applying it before each dive. This will prevent constant clearing while underwater.

Article Written By Jason Shueh

Jason Shueh is a northern California native who has a passion for writing dynamic stories. As a journalist he's interviewed mountain bike Olympic hopefuls headed for Beijing, covered the 2009 Amgen Tour of California cycling event and is currently doing freelance work to start up an online fitness column for Diablo Magazine.

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