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.
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
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
- When you store your gear make sure it is
completely dry and enclose to prevent damage from pets, other animals
- 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
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
When storing your mask avoid hot places.
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
Always have extra straps for the mask. They tent to break easily.
Equipment Maintenance for 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
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
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
Allow wetsuits, booties
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
Equipment Maintenance for Dive Computers
computers and instruments are extremely sensitive. Soak them
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
Equipment Maintenance for Diving Regulators
clips and other attachments to keep all hoses and gauges close to your
body while scuba diving. This prevents them from dragging
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
regulator and at the surface the dust cap of the first stage
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.
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.