Scuba Mask Tips

A scuba diving mask is an essential part of your scuba gear. Without it, we wouldn’t be diving. It’s simple to take care of with some basic maintenance tips. And once you are underwater, there’s not much more annoying than a mask that constantly fogs up. Follow these simple steps for mask care and defogging so your mask will last you for many more dives. Scuba Dive Mask Maintenance Many times, new dive masks have an oily film over the surface. What works best to remove this? Good ‘ol toothpaste! Put a small drop on the lens and rub it over the areas that have this residue on them. This would also include the strap. Thoroughly rinse the mask in fresh water and reinspect to make sure it is clean. Repeat if necessary. Just make sure it is not a gel toothpaste. I have always used plain Crest for this (and to clean my dive slate) with no ill effects. Removing this film will stop the mask from fogging. Maintenance of your scuba dive mask is straightforward. No rocket science here. Here are some simple steps to follow: • Rinse your mask in freshwater after diving. You need to clean out any sand or grit that may have gotten into the mask and get rid of any salty residue. • Never dry your mask in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can start to degrade the silicone so keep the mask out of the sun. • Thoroughly dry mask before storing. You don’t want anything to start growing on your mask. Not to mention possible odors. • Periodically clean your scuba... read more

Night Diving Tips

Are you thinking of trying scuba diving in Punta Cana at night? It can be a little scary at first but once you try it, you’ll be hooked. It’s a whole new world down there. Here are some tips to make that first night dive go smoothly: • Keep it Shallow A night dive is typically a shallow dive. I would say 60 feet is probably max with 30-40 feet more the norm. On our night dives we typically had a maximum depth of 35-40 feet. • Dive a Familiar Site If this is your first time scuba diving at night, try and go to a site you are familiar with. In the Caribbean, many dive operators will do a night dive at a dive site that they went to during the day. If you are thinking of doing the night dive, sign up to do a dive at the night dive site during the day. This way you will have some idea of what the area is like and may feel less apprehensive. • Get Some Light You obviously need some dive lights when you are doing a night dive. It’s best to have a primary light and a backup light in case the first light fails. The secondary light can be small and could fit into your pocket. You don’t need the biggest and brightest light you can find. In fact, it is fun, once you get accustomed to diving at night, to turn your light off and let your eyes adjust to the dark. You’ll be amazed at what you can see. Of course, it is... read more

Clearing Your Ears Underwater

We all know being able to clear your ears while scuba diving is very important. After all, if your ears don’t clear you’ll have to abort the dive. So how do you clear your ears? Punta Cana Scuba Diving has a few tips that may help out. The most common method is called the Valsalva maneuver. In this technique, you pinch your nostrils closed and gently blow through your nose. If you are having problems, try these steps to help you descend safely: • Start Before You Go Below the Water If you are using the Valsalva maneuver, gently blow through your nose while you are waiting to start your descent. This “pre-pressurizes” the ear and makes equalization easier upon descent. Start this before you even go under the water. • Equalize Early and Often You’ve heard this in your scuba diving class. Begin equalizing as soon as your head goes underwater and continue equalizing every few feet. This is probably the most important step to descending without ear problems. If you are having problems clearing one ear, tilt your head – with the blocked ear toward the surface. • Descend Feet First Your Eustachian tube is affected if you descend with your head first and it makes it harder to equalize your ears. • Ascend if You Have Problems If your ears are not clearing properly, ascend a few feet to reduce the pressure. Try clearing them again. If it still doesn’t work, ascend a few more feet and try again. Rinse and repeat until you have cleared your ears successfully. • Do Not Force It If you have... read more