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How to Clean your mask under the Sea

Updated: May 21

### How to Clean Your Mask Below the Sea: A Quick Guide

Diving with a foggy mask can turn an incredible underwater experience into a frustrating one. Fortunately, clearing your mask underwater is a simple skill that every diver can master. Here’s a step-by-step guide from PADI on how to clean your mask below the sea:

#### 1. Stay Calm and Steady

The first step to effectively clearing your mask is to remain calm. Panic can cause you to breathe erratically, making the process more challenging. Maintain a steady, relaxed breathing pattern.

#### 2. Tilt Your Head Back

Gently tilt your head back. This position helps the water to drain more efficiently from your mask once you start the clearing process.

#### 3. Create a Seal with Your Fingers

Use one hand to press the top of your mask firmly against your forehead. This creates a seal that prevents more water from entering the mask while you’re clearing it.

#### 4. Exhale Through Your Nose

Take a deep breath through your mouth, then exhale steadily through your nose. The exhaled air will push the water out of the bottom of the mask. Continue exhaling until all the water is expelled.

#### 5. Check Your Mask Fit

After clearing your mask, ensure it’s properly adjusted on your face. A well-fitted mask helps prevent future fogging and water ingress. Make sure the strap is snug but not too tight, and check that the mask skirt is lying flat against your skin.

#### 6. Repeat If Necessary

Sometimes, one attempt isn’t enough to completely clear your mask. If there’s still water inside, repeat the process. Practice makes perfect, and soon you’ll be able to clear your mask effortlessly.

### Pro Tips for a Clear Mask

- **Anti-Fog Solutions:** Before diving, treat your mask with anti-fog solutions or a bit of saliva. Rinse it with water afterward to ensure clear vision throughout your dive.

- **Avoid Touching the Inside:** Touching the inside of your mask can leave oils from your skin, increasing the chance of fogging. Handle your mask by the edges to keep the lens clear.

- **Regular Maintenance:** Rinse your mask with fresh water after each dive and store it in a cool, dry place. Regular maintenance extends the life of your mask and ensures optimal performance.

Clearing your mask underwater is a fundamental skill that enhances your diving experience. With practice and patience, you'll be able to handle any fogging or water ingress with ease, allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world. Happy diving!

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