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Equipment Maintenance

Proper scuba equipment maintenance is very important. Diving equipment is regularly submerged in salt and chlorinated water (pool) so unless it is properly cleaned, maintained and stored, it will start to decay or rust and become unsafe. Also the heat and direct ultraviolet light can affect the longevity of your gear.

Well maintained equipment is not only safer to use, but it will last longer and maintain its value. Now we will provide you useful information on how to keep scuba equipment in good shape.

Diving Equipment maintenance in general

  • After diving, always clean well all your equipment in fresh water. This will remove all the sediments like sand, salt and dirt.
  • Remember to dry your equipment out of direct sunlight.
  • When you store your gear make sure it is completely dry and enclose to prevent damage from pets, other animals and insects.
  • Avoid exposure to hydrocarbons such as oil, petrol, grease, suntan lotion etc.
  • Avoid contact with any underwater obstacles (rocks, wrecks, corals, sand, etc.).
  • Perform regular visual inspection.

Equipment Maintenance for Mask

diving mask

Regularly inspect your mask and the strap for any sign of wear and tear. Sunlight and stretching easily damage your mask so you might need to replace them sooner than expected. It's a good idea to store the mask in its original box.

When storing your mask avoid hot places.

Clear mask (silicone) provides more light but this material needs more maintenance and care. So, prevent any silicone parts from contact with black rubber and avoid direct sunlight for long periods to prevent discoloration.

Always have extra straps for the mask. They tent to break easily.

Equipment Maintenance for Fins

diving fins

Fins are made from a hard plastic. The most sensitive area is the foot pocket and the straps for fins with straps. It's a good idea to stuff the foot pocket with an insert that prevents the pocket from losing shape.

Sunlight and stretching easily damage the end of the foot pocket and straps. So remember to regularly inspect them for any signs of wear and tear.

Once the foot pocket has damage and start cracking there is little you can do to save your fins. Straps can be easily changed in case of damage. Buy extra strap for fins at the first sign of wear and tear.

Equipment Maintenance for Diving Wetsuit, Booties, Gloves and Hoots

wet suit diving boots diving gloves Diving hood

Any neoprene or similar material should be soaked and rinsed thoroughly with fresh water after use. While soaking, work the zippers, back and forth to prevent sticking material and to remove any foreign particles from them.

Allow wetsuits, booties , gloves and hood to drip dry on appropriate hangers that prevent creasing of the neoprene. After wetsuit is dry do not leave it hanging. This will stretch the material. It is better to store in a folded position in a sealed plastic container.

Equipment Maintenance for Dive Computers

Diving computer

Dive computers and instruments are extremely sensitive. Soak them in fresh water as soon as possible after use. Work all moving parts while soaking to loosen any salt and sand deposits.

Annual service is recommended to ensure the longevity of delicate and expensive equipment. Be sure to follow any and all manufacturer's recommendations and consult the owner's manual before attempting replacement of the batteries.

Equipment Maintenance for Diving Regulators

Diving regulator

Use clips and other attachments to keep all hoses and gauges close to your body while scuba diving. This prevents them from dragging tough the floor and across sharp rocks, coral or get in-tangled. This also keeps them from getting snagged or dirty.

Avoid any water entering the first stage. Do so by while attached to the tank allow pressure on the regulator and at the surface the dust cap of the first stage must always be in place. Dust cap must be dry and dust free before putting it in place.

Store the regulator in a cool dry place, away from dust, light, heat and fumes of any kind. Ideally, the regulator can be kept in a plastic bag. Store the regulator with little or no stress on the hoses to avoid cracking.

When stored for long periods perform regular visual inspection. Check for signs of wear and damage on the rubber straps and hoses (cracking effect). All movable parts must work properly and if not, clean the regulator in fresh water again to help remove the residues.

Mouthpieces can be easily changed at the first sign of wear and tear. In case of damage buy extra mouthpieces and some lock-straps and changed your self.

All regulators should be serviced according to manufacturer's suggestions, which is usually once a year.

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Equipment Maintenance for Diving BCDs

Diving bcd

BCDs should be soaked and rinsed in fresh water after use. Especially if water was allowed to enter the BCD, it is a good idea to rinse the inside of the BCD. To do this, depress and hold down the oral inflator button and fill the bladder one third full with water. Allow the water to swish around inside by rotating the BCD several times.

Then drain the water completely by turning the BCD upside down while pressing the oral inflator button. Do this at list twice.

Store BCDs upside down and partially inflated. And service your BCD according to manufacturer's suggestions, usually once a year.

Equipment Maintenance for Diving Lights & Cameras

Diving lights

Lights and cameras are extremely sensitive to water, sand and salt. Soak them in fresh water as soon as possible after use.

Diving Camera

Work all moving parts while soaking to loosen any salt and sand deposits. After soaking, allow the unit to dry completely before opening any compartments. Once dry, loosen all connectors so they do not freeze in place, then remove batteries and film. Thoroughly clean and lubricate all o-rings before next use.

Store them in a protective case to prevent any seals from exposure to dust and dirt.

Professional maintenance and pressure testing is recommended to ensure the longevity of delicate and expensive equipment. Be sure to follow manufacturer's recommendations.

Equipment Maintenance for Diving Tanks

Diving tank

Scuba cylinders should be rinsed in fresh water after use, then wiped dry. Remove the tank boot and dry the cylinder completely so that no water is allowed to accumulate on the outside of the tank. The valve should be opened briefly to expel any moisture from the valve opening.

All compressed air cylinders should be inspected regularly. Before diving, check for any corrosion or heavy wear on the outside of the tank. Visual inspection is required annually and more frequently if used heavily, filled in a humid environment, or if the tank is drained completely. Any stickers should be removed prior to a visual inspection. Tanks must be hydrostatically tested once every five years to ensure the integrity of the tank walls.

Before storing, be sure tanks are pressurized to at least 25psi to prevent any moisture from entering the cylinder. Store tanks securely and upright in a cool dry place.

Make sure you have extra o-rings. If you have a YOKE valve, o-rings tent to wear quickly.

Handle scuba tanks with care. They are heavy and you shouldn't leave them standing up unattended - they can fall over and damage the valve or nearby toes.

Equipment Maintenance for Diving Weights and Weight Belt

Weight-Belt

Weights and weight belt should be rinsed in fresh water after use. They do not need too much maintenance. The belt must be kept closed at all times, to prevent any weight to slide off. Remember that most weights are made of lead. So, remember to clean your hand after handling them.

Always be prepair

Equipment maintenance is very important, but if you are away from home it is a good idea to put together a spare parts kit with the most commonly broken, lost or worn out items:

One o more mask straps.

Mask straps

One o more fin straps.

Fin Straps

Snorkel Keeper

Extra Mouthpiece

All sizes.

O-ring kit

For the mouthpieces.

Lock Straps

Utility Toll

For the o-rings

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