There are 3 basic maintenance procedures which should be used in all diving/snorkeling equipment.

1. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water after each use – After you have used your mask in saltwater, it should be soaked for several minutes in warm freshwater to prevent the build-up of salt crystals which could damage the seals of your mask. A rinse with freshwater will eliminate contaminants and corrosion.

2. Avoid leaving your mask in direct sunlight – This is because the rays from the sun can eventually damage neoprene and silicone products.

3.  Store in a dry cool place – It is important that you dry your mask before storing it. Do not leave your equipment wet in a closed environment like your snorkeling equipment bag. Also, take care to store your silicone mask away from black rubber products to prevent staining of silicone.

Follow the above-mentioned procedures and you can be guaranteed that you snorkeling mask will last you for several years of snorkeling adventures.

Mask Defogging Tips and Techniques

Whether you are scuba diving or snorkeling, a fogging mask gets to be extremely irritating. There are 2 simple mask defogging techniques which may be used. My favorite technique is before every dive, I use a mask defogger solution.

In my experience, I find these commercially prepared solutions to work extremely well. In fact, this solution is always stored away with my mask… For me, this solution is like an extension of the scuba mask just like the snorkel.

Basically before every dive just put a couple of drops on the lenses and rub around and rinse off the mask defogger solution thoroughly so as not to enter your eyes.

The next technique, I usually use after not wearing the mask for a prolonged period of time. Rub a non gel toothpaste around the lenses. Just use a small amount of toothpaste as it may get within the seals and will, therefore be hard to rinse out. Leave it for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly making sure that no residue of toothpaste remains as this will sting your eyes when wearing your mask under water.

(This article is an excerpt from an informative guide appearing on