The best scuba masks that don’t fog easily. Our top 3 Tips!

There is nothing worse than having to deal with a foggy scuba mask on a dive. It is extremely annoying, distracts from the beautiful views and can be quite dangerous if you lose track of your dive buddy. Having to stop ever 20 seconds to fill your mask with water and then drain it, is one of the worst ways to quickly ruin a day of diving. Luckily there are some techniques to help with de-fogging, and not all dive masks are created equal when it comes to anti fog coating.

happy diver with a clean mask!
happy diver with a clean mask!

One of the most common techniques to keep your scuba mask from fogging up during a dive that almost everyone is familiar with is to use some anti-fog gel or even just simple dish soap. Spread a thin layer over the lens before the dive and rise the mask lightly before putting it on. This will definitely help far better than spit, which some divers like to use, but we find soap will have a long lasting effect by comparison. Almost every dive boat we have been on keeps a supply of dish soap on hand (most of the time in some filthy old bottle) so if you are unsure just ask before getting in the water when you are setting up your gear and someone should be able to help you out! For some of the best scuba mask suggestions you can find a top notch list over at diver world, once again they have some spot on info. http://www.diverworld.info/best-scuba-diving-mask-reviews/

single lens masks are our favorite!
single lens masks are our favorite!

3 things to look for in a dive mask

Low volume scuba masks are the best for almost every situation! Most diving masks these days are designed to be as low volume as possible when it comes to the air volume inside the mask. This makes equalization easier, and is a popular trait free divers look for. Lower air volume also helps regulate the temperature inside the mask, and the extreme difference between cooler water and the warmer air around your face is what causes condensation on the lens. So the less air…the less fogging! A scuba mask that sits close to your face will also give you a better field of view to take in the sights.

Another question we get all the time is: Single lens or double lens style? We personally like a large single lens like the one found on most TUSA or scubapro masks, it is easier to maintain and having a large single pane gives you an unobstructed view. It is also easy to spread the soap or anti-fog coating without it gunking up in the corners.

good-dive-mask-after-dive

Finally there is the classic lighter trick, any old school or experienced diver will know this one. Here at Captain Frog Scuba, we have done this to every dive mask in our arsenal. When they are being manufactured a lot of scuba masks get a thin film of silicone from the skirt pressed onto the surface of the lens, and while you can’t see it it will make any new lens extremely foggy until it wears off. That is why using a lighter to quickly run the flame across the tempered glass smoothly, not resting in one spot too long, will quickly burn away this layer. It might seem strange to be taking fire to a brand new piece of scuba gear, but trust us, the difference is night and day! We hope this article has helped you on your next scuba adventure!

 

July 25, 2016

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the 2 best entry level dive computers: Suunto Zoop VS Cressi Leonardo.

Several posts ago, we talked about the importance of using a dive computer during your dives and today we are here to recommend 2 of the best entry level dive computers on the market we have had a chance to try in the past. 99% if any seasoned divers will have probably come across these great dive computers in the past and they are instantly recognizable. They are of course, the Suunto Zoop and the Cressi Leonardo. Both are evenly priced and have a similar set of features, so it really comes down to personal preference. We would recommend beginner divers invest in their own dive computer as it can really help you track your stats during a dive and build confidence far quicker. Being aware of the remaining dive time and depth visited is essential when planning your second dive, or when venturing deeper to explore a deep dive site. You can find a good list of some of the best dive computers on the market over at Diver World.

best dive computer suunto zoop

Let’s start with the Suunto Zoop. The bright yellow or orange bezel is easy to spot from a mile away, and you have probably seen it strapped to someones wrist before. The screen is super big and makes it easy to view all the important info during a dive, and you can use 2 buttons to cycle through the various menus and options. The Suunto Zoop supports both air and nitrox diving which means even if you are just getting into diving, if you do your Nitrox certification course, there is room to grow into this awesome dive computer. The price is usually around $200 USD and it is a really high quality dive computer that should last you quite a few years before you would be needing to upgrade.

cressi leonardo dive computer

The Cressi Leonardo is also covers similar bases, supporting nitrox and having a large screen as well. The Leonardo has a one button design that makes it different from the Zoop, where you use a combination of press and hold button pushes to operate it. This makes it easy to use and you will never get lost in menus or accidentally toggle into some mode you are unfamiliar with. It is one of the best selling dive computers on the market currently and has many rave reviews online. It also comes in many colors, as shown in the image below.

entry level dive computer

Regardless of which of these entry level dive computers you end up picking we are confident you should be very happy with your purchase! Remember, using a dive computer is one of the best ways to avoid decompression sickness, and the information stored from each dive is great for filling in a thorough dive log.

July 8, 2016

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The best snorkel gear for your next vacation!

Snorkeling can be an amazingly fun and cheap way to spend time enjoying the ocean. It can also be a great workout, as the exercise you get while kicking around on the surface burns calories and is actually a decent cardio workout! Here at Captain Frog Scuba, we like to offer our guests access to snorkel gear that allows them to have fun in their off time in between dives. Many watersports enthusiasts like to spend as much time as possible in the ocean during their week long vacation, and we don’t blame them! Time is precious, especially if you spend 90% of your year trapped behind a desk in the city.

best snorkel gear example

Unlike scuba diving, which we do a maximum of 2 dives per day, snorkeling has none of the dangers involved such as the risk of decompression sickness or lung over expansion injury. In fact, snorkeling can help you improve your oxygen use efficiency if you practice your breath holding. By incorporating freediving into your adventure and diving down below the surface you can not only train your lungs to be more oxygen efficient, but also get a better view of the local wildlife. Getting face to face with a Morray eel or submerging yourself in a school of yellowtail snappers is a very cool experience!

Thanks to the simplicity of most snorkel gear, there is so little setup involved that people of all ages can easily enjoy this sport. It is simply the matter of finding the best snorkel mask that fits you well and does not fog, and a comfortable set of fins, then hopping over the side of the boat to paddle around and enjoy! Loose fitting snorkel fins can be annoying and cause irratating blisters so we would recommend looking for some adjustable open heel style fins, or simply using your scuba fins if you brought them along during your trip. As for masks, there are plenty of styles out there but we preffer to use 2 window style snorkeling masks. A 2 window mask will sit close to your face and there is less of a surface to fog. In general they also tend to offer the best field of view in our experience, although panoramic style can also be very cool.

snorkeling in the keys

As with scuba diving, when you are snorkeling on a reef or any type of underwater habitat, it is best to keep your hands to yourself and not touch any of the sea life. It can be tempting to bring home a piece of coral as a souvenir or reach out and pick up a starfish, but these are the types of actions that can cause permanent damage to a habitat, and as underwater ambassadors, it is our job to make sure we help protect the ocean and leave it in great shape for the next generation of snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. So grab your fins and mask and splash overboard, we would love to hear about your last amazing snorkeling experience in the comments section!

June 23, 2016

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Why You Should Always Maintain Your Scuba Gear

Recently there has been some interesting articles floating around the web about damaged scuba gear and the impact it can have on a diver’s live. There was a couple reports of a diver’s air hose becoming blocked and cutting off their air supply mid dive. This was an extremely dangerous situation and could have ended in disaster if their dive buddy was not there to provide them with emergency air. This is part of the reason why we decided to write this article. Please note some of these tips were taken from http://www.scubadivingdreams.com

One of the most important things a scuba diver can do is ALWAYS, rinse their scuba diving equipment after every single dive. Saltwater is extremely corrosive and can destroy most scuba gear if you let it sit and do not rise it out. Five minutes to take care of your gear with a clean fresh water rise can not only save your life, but also it can help save you a ton of cash in the long run as you won’t have to buy replacement equipment as often as someone who mistreats their gear. Fully flushing out your bcd and rinsing your scuba mask are essential. Hanging your dive mask to dry properly will help eliminate nasty fogging issues on future dives, which is one of the most common problems scuba divers encounter. While not life threatening, a foggy mask can spoil the enjoyment of a otherwise awesome dive. Why take that risk?!

hanging wetsuits to dry
don’t hang your wetsuits out in the sun!

Storing your scuba fins in a flat position in a dry place is important as well, as they will retain their shape better and you will be eliminating the chances of any nasty fungus beginning to grow in full foot dive fins. If you are investing in your own set of scuba diving equipment the least you can to is take care of it properly. Most dive shops are adamant about keeping their equipment in pristine condition, and it really does not take any effort at all. We always rinse each piece of equipment and hang them to dry for a minimum of 16 hours each day, out of the sun. The sun can also damage wetsuits left to dry and no one wants that! So take heed of our advice and avoid any emergency underwater situations with a care and common sense for your scuba gear!

November 24, 2015

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3 Must Have Pieces Of Scuba Gear

Over the years the average scuba diver will build together a reliable kit of their own scuba gear, customized to their own preferences. This is the mark of an avid diver, when they no longer rely on dive shop rental gear but would rather dive with their own custom setup. There are a few essentials we always recommend if you plan on bringing your own set of scuba diving equipment with you on one of our live aboard excursions. While you might be able to get away with using an old budget wetsuit when diving in tropical locations, there are a few pieces of equipment you are going to want to bring with you on your next scuba diving trip.

Dive Computer

dive computerAny experienced diver knows the importance of having a reliable dive computer. This can save you from getting the bends and having to spend time in a decompression chamber. Not only can this save your life, but also save you thousands of dollars, as decompression chamber time is not cheap at all. There are some very good wrist computers on the market right now that are affoardable and stylish. Long gone are the days of a large bulky diving computer and there have been many advances in technology to help keep you informed of the current nitrogen levels in your blood stream. This is very important! So do yourself a favor and pick one up before your next scuba trip, it could just help save your life. Be sure not to confuse it for a simple dive watch!

Scuba Fins

scuba diving fins

Having a comfortable pair of scuba fins can mean the difference between a good dive and a great one. No one likes chaffing or getting blisters on their feet after several days of diving. The salt water can make them hurt and take away some of the enjoyment of scuba diving. So be sure to get yourself a pair of high quality dive fins that stand up to any situation. We would recommend open heel style fins as they tend to be more comfortable, versatile and work better in warm and cold water. If you plan on mainly diving in warm water locations, a pair of full foot scuba fins should be fine however. Just make sure you get something that is comfortable and will not hurt your feet! A quality pair of scuba diving fins will provide a decent range of movement while not stressing your knees.

Scuba Mask

scuba diving mask

The best thing about going scuba diving is all the cool wildlife you will see! So having a top quality scuba mask is as important as the rest of your gear. No one wants to be stuck with a foggy mask mid dive that is both dangerous and distracting. You can lose sight of the group and also have to keep clearing your dive mask, which can be extremely annoying. Be sure to get a scuba mask that fits snugly and feels comfortable, you don’t want to be in pain halfway through your adventure!

We hope this list of the most critical pieces of scuba equipment helps you prepare for your next scuba diving vacation, regardless if it is with one of our live aboard trips or not. Have fun and safe diving everyone!

November 23, 2015

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The Best Scuba Diving in the world!

Welcome to Captain Frog Scuba! We are a premiere live aboard scuba diving company and love to share our weekly adventures with you, and hopefully inspire you to come do some scuba diving with us! We operate our of Borneo in Malaysia, and offer some of the best scuba diving excursions in the world. We only use the best scuba gear and always keep it well maintained. Our experienced staff is well trained and we have several certified scuba instructors and dive masters on deck to help with any situation. We offer PADI certification on our live aboard trips, so even if you have never tried scuba diving before, we can get you up to speed in a couple days! For our loaner dive computers we use the Shearwater Petrel.

scuba diving in borneo

The wonders of the ocean will reveal themselves to you when you go diving, and anyone who has ever experienced that feeling of weightlessness while exploring under the waves will tell you they will never forget it. There is simply no going back. The diving conditions in Borneo have been voted some of the best in the world and there is a huge array of wildlife on display during every one of our reef dives. From manta rays to large sea turtles, and even dolphins and sharks if we are luck. Yes! sharks, but don’t be afraid, they are harmless and mostly just as curious about you as you are about them. Becoming a scuba diver has the potential to change your perspective on the planet and make you feel at one with the environment. This is a very cool discovery many new divers make and it ends up impacting their life back home even when not diving. Being more environmentally conscious is not as hard as you might think. most of our dive groups consist of 3-5 divers as well as a dive master, this allows for a relaxed scuba diving experience without being too crowded.We also have some very cool snorkeling equipment availiable for anyone who wants to use it.

 

We inspect all of our scuba equipment at the beginning and end of each dive trip so you can feel confident our gear is up to perfect safety conditions. We even offer free use of dive computers to our guests which many other dive shops do not. We find this helps boost the confidence of every scuba diver when they know their current decompression times and limits. So come and have an adventure with us in these beautiful oceans, sunny skies and blue waters await. No need to bring your own scuba equipment, we have our live aboard boat fully stocked and ready to go!

safe scuba gear

November 12, 2015

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