- Clean your new mask. The inside glass of all new masks
should be cleaned to remove any oily film left behind from the
manufacturing process. Oddly tooth paste will work very well
- Defog your mask. Although saliva works well, it is
not very hygienic and usually washes out very quickly. Two or
three drops of anti-fog made specifically for diving masks will
usually work best and may last all day.
- Wear your mask strap high on the back of your head.
If you find that your hair tangles in the strap, replacing it
with a padded neoprene strap will help.
- Attach your snorkel on the left side of your mask.
Snorkels with drain valves are designed to work best if worn
on the left.
- Clearing a snorkel is easy. Blow forcefully into the
snorkel, take a shallow breath, and blow again to remove any
remaining water. A self drain snorkel will make it even easier.
- Avoid walking with fins on. If you must walk,
shuffle your feet sideways or backwards only.
- Snorkel with a buddy and use the "One up , and
one down rule " when breath hold diving. This means one
stays on the surface while the other one dives down.
- Use a snorkel vest if you are not a good swimmer or
if swimming far off shore.
- Avoid getting burned. Wear a Lycra dive skin or a
tee shirt with a good waterproof sun block. A bad sun burn could
ruin a great trip.
- Respect the reef. Avoid touching and bumping into
coral. A healthy reef is a pretty reef.
- Prescription mask
- Self-draining snorkel
- Dry snorkel
- Snorkeling vest
- Dry box
- Mask defog
- Padded mask strap
- Waterproof sun block
- Waterproof fish ID books
- Waterproof fish ID cards
- Waterproof single use camera
- Mesh draw string bag
- Snorkeling manual
- Beach walker shoes
- Lycra dive skins
- Shorty wet suit
- Seasick bands & pills
- Dive knife
- Fin socks
- Clean your equipment with fresh water each day. This
will remove salt and sand that can cause problems, especially
with purge valves. Washing or dunking it while in a mesh bag
can make the task fast and easy.
- Avoid excessive heat. Temperatures above 170 F can
damage your equipment.
- Soak your equipment when you return home from your
trip. This will help remove sand and salt that a quick rinse
- Store your gear in a cool dry place.