How to maintain your scuba diving equipment for years
Did you buy scuba diving equipment? You’ve probably invested a lot of money in the equipment, and we’re sure you want to keep it for a while.
Therefore, we at adventure at nature as importers of quality diving equipment, provide warranty and maintenance service for the scuba diving equipment. Apart from this, keep in mind that the proper maintenance of equipment will significantly prolong the length of its life.
Proper scuba diving equipment and proper diving rules are the best diving insurance. Maintaining the equipment will greatly contribute to the safety of diving.As part of our commitment to quality service, here are some guidelines for maintaining and handling dscuba diving equipment, so you can enjoy it safely for many years.
The recommendations in this article are general recommendations. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions before use.
Regular maintenance including visual inspection, cleaning and proper use of all equipment, using a number of steps before and after the dive.
As a rule, most of the scuba diving equipment details must be checked making sure that it is proper and functioning as desired before each dive. To ensure that it fits as part of the preparation for dive, especially in first use, when switched between divers, and after a long time has not been used.
After the dive, the scuba diving equipment should be rinsed with fresh water. It is recommended to rinse the equipment again when returning to the house after a diving trip. Most of the washing facilities in the clubs are relatively dirty and have a relatively high salt concentration towards the end of the day, because many divers wash the scuba diving equipment during the day. In addition, avoid prolonged exposure of the equipment to the sun. If possible, it is preferred to place it in the shade. Before storage, it is necessary to make sure that the equipment is completely dry inside and out.
If possible hang the compensator, regulator and suit in a cool dry closet. In order to avoid stretching the suit and shrinking the shoulder area, it is recommended to spread the weight of the suit on 2 hangers with one hanger holding the suit around the pelvis. The equipment can be stored in a bag or crate, but be sure that it is large enough for the equipment not to fold unnaturally. The compensator must be stored when it is filled with about 20% air so that the internal does not stick.
Scuba Masks, fins and snorkels
Before diving you should gently stretch all the straps and look for cracks or small tears, and if you find anything that piece of scuba diving equipment should be replaced before the dive. Therefore, it is recommended you equip yourself with extra fins and a mask beforehand. If you have a neoprene cover on the strap, move it to examine the entire strap. Check the skirt of the mask and the snorkel to the tears. It is recommended to check all buckles that they are not broken, stuck or filled with dirt, which will impair their function. Finally, the frame of the mask should be examined especially in the area adjacent to the lens.
After the dive: To prevent the development of mold, rinse the mask, fins and snorkel in hot and sweet water. Allow them to dry completely before storing. It is important to store this equipment so that there is no equipment that will press it and cause the fin blade to crush the shoe pocket or twist the mask skirt. Leaving this equipment under pressure over time can cause them to lose their original shape. This condition in the mask skirt may also cause water leakage during diving.
Scuba regulators and pressure gauges
Before the dive: Lower the dust cap from the first step and check that the net through which the air enters the tank is without corrosion or dirt. After that, connect the valve to the tank and before opening it, try to breathe through the second step and the octopus. In this situation, a vacuum should be formed so that we cannot breathe through them. If air enters, do not dive with the regulator and have it checked by a qualified Dugit technician because in such a situation water may enter the system during the dive. This can happen due to a number of reasons such as hole in the second-degree diaphragm, hole in one of the pipes or tube not well connected. Then open the container and again take a few breaths of the second degree and the octopus to check that the pressure gauge is accurate and that the needle does not move during the breath. If the needle moves, check that the container to the end (and returned a little …). The equipment for testing by a qualified technician may indicate a first-degree pressure drop during breathing due to a rare malfunction or failure of the pressure gauge. Check all the pipes and make sure there are no cracks in them If you have a tube protector, keep it away from the first step and check the connection to the first level. Check that there are no holes or tears in the mouths of the second ranks. Check that there is no leakage of liquid from the pressure gauge. If you have a computer, check the status of the battery before diving.
After the dive: when washing the regulator, it is important to ensure that the demand button is not pressed and that the dust plug is firmly closed. After washing the entire tube, wash the second steps with hot running water through the mouthpiece and exit through the air outlet. Rinse the compensator connection with running water while moving the connection itself. The regulators should be taken into inspection once a year.
Before the dive: Connect the compensator to the tank, fill it several times, release the inflation knob, and listen to whether or not air leaks into the compensator indicating it is stuck. Then inflate it until it is full and the discharge valve is dismantled, it is recommended to leave the compensator in this position for approximately 20 minutes to check that it holds the air.
After diving: Rinse the compensator with fresh water. If possible, it is recommended to immerse the compensator at the bottom of the rinse pool (with weights) for 30 minutes. To wash the face of the compensator, press the compensator knob and put the mouthpiece under running water and fill the compensator until it is about 60-70 percent full of water. Shake and turn the compensator in order to completely wash the inside. To avoid accumulation of dirt and salt crystals the compensator should be emptied using all the bailing points of the compensator. After emptying, the compensator must be fully inflated, allowing the remaining water to drain for a minute or two and empty again. Finally, half the compensator in the air must be inflated and left to dry in a shaded place. You can add extra fine detergents such as shampoo for suits and compensator sheets, be sure to remove any residue of soap.
Scuba diving suits
Before diving: it is recommended to scan over the suit and look for tears, cuts and work out parts specifically where the suit is sealed, as well as go over the seams making sure there aren’t any missing or “pulled” which can cause the seam to tear when diving. Also make sure that the zipper moves both directions with ease, and should it be needed to apply wax as a lubricant.
After diving: the suit can be washed with hot water. It is recommended to apply shampoo to the suit when washing to prevent fading, protecting the neoprene and removing odorous scents. T is possible to wash the suit in a washing machine with a gentle program, but the suit must be pulled out before the water is sucked out.
A dry suit requires a more meticulous scan of the seals in the wrists, ankles, neck and zipper. Each flaw, abrasion or cut to the suit may cause these seals to leak. The zipper must be checked for missing teeth and/or bent ones as well worn out fabric around it. As opposed to a wetsuit fixing a dry one is something that pays off, but must be done by a certified technician. You must check that the valves inflation buttons are functioning. Just like with the compensator the suit must be connected to a tank and inflated a few times in order to check that there are no invisible holes. In order to check the release valve the suit must be worn and checked to see that it keeps the air inside when inflated, after which air must be released through each one of the release valves. In such case of a leak, it can be sealed, taking up to 24 hours for the material to dry.