Nothing feels quite as good as being able to solve a problem on your own, especially when it comes to the minor tribulations that SCUBA diving can sometimes present. Whether you’re partial to folk remedies or commercially available solutions, simply having the solution at your fingertips makes you feel a little like MacGyver, ready to tackle any obstacle that gets between you and a great day of diving. Here are some of our favorite solutions to the little problems pretty much all divers face at one point or another. Extra fix-it points for keeping them in your gear bag so you have them when you need them!
Condensation is the enemy of underwater photographers, never mind the havoc that leaks in an underwater camera housing can wreak. There is much to be said for performing regular maintenance on your housing to prevent either of these disasters from happening, but condensation can be a tricky beast. Do yourself a favor and pick up some silica gel packets or capsules for your housing. They cost next to nothing, and the continuous work they do to keep dreaded moisture away from your camera’s inner workings will be worth every cent. LeisurePro stocks several varieties of silica gels, including these Moisture Munchers from SeaLife that will change colors to let you know when they need to be replaced. For an easy silica gel hack, you can use the little packets that often come in new shoe boxes, which contain the exact same ingredients as the store-bought ones. May condensation be a thing of your past.
Akin to the frustration of condensation in your camera lens is the despair felt due to mask fog. Nothing in the dive, short of breathing, is as important as seeing clearly, so you need to ensure that your mask will stay clear. We all know the time-held trick of spitting in your mask and smearing it around, but if that doesn’t seem to work for you, or you’re particularly squeamish, get a ready-made mask defogger. Most defoggers are available in 1 or 2 ounces, but don’t let the diminutive size fool you — a little goes a long way. Either put one drop of defogger on each side of your mask or one spray for both sides, rub it over the entire surface of the lens, and rinse. You should be able to dive fog-free for an entire day or more on just this amount. They make this stuff for a reason, and that reason is that it works. If you’re not a fan of commercially prepared substances but don’t want to spit, you can also use toothpaste as an effective lens defogger. Make sure you use pastes, not gels.