The Two Most Common Problems with Swimming Goggles and How to Fix Them

    If you are going snorkeling or scuba diving, it can be a real pain for your goggles to have a lot of problems you need to return to the surface constantly for. Many of the problems come from not buying the right goggles or the water you swim in. Either way, here are two quick fixes that can give you more time underwater exploring.

    An extremely common issue with goggles is their inability to seal correctly at times allowing them to fill up with water. The first thing to do to ensure that does not happen is to make sure you buy the goggles labeled “adult” if you are an adult and “child” if you are a child. Make sure that you test the goggles by pressing them onto your face and if they suck and do not loosen up, they are perfect. If they start loosening up after a while of owning it, clean your goggles because that means that something is interrupting the full seal around your face. If your goggles have a nosepiece and it feels too loose, simply pinch it to let some air out and make it tighter around your nose. If your problem is still not fixed, examine your goggles’ frame for any bent parts or any kinks and boil it in water for five minutes. Once you finish that, take them out with tongs and set them on a flat surface until you can handle them. While still hot, but warm enough for you not to burn, put it on your face and allow the frame to mold to your facial structure.

    The next problem with swimming goggles that impairs vision is when they fog up. This is caused by the air either from your nose or your mouth entering the air of the goggles which is colder. This makes all the heat from your breath go into the air causing your wet breath to condensate onto the goggles. Your first way to correct this is to stop breathing through your nose. If it still continues, check for any gaps in the mask frame under your nose as the breath from your mouth may be traveling through there. If that is not the case, you are probably overheating. The water you are swimming in may be so hot that your body heat increases too much to be even hotter than the air inside the goggles. You can cool yourself down by simply stopping your kicking and stretching for a little bit as with any other cool down.

    So now that you’ve solved all of your problems with your goggles, you should be swimming with clear vision and a dry nose. Most problems arise from a little gap between the mask and your skin, or not enough suction. Molding it to your face as explained would completely cancel out the possibility of any leakage unless there’s a hole in your actual mask somewhere. Otherwise, keep your cool and do not exhale through your nose unless you want to breathe in a nose-full of water.

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