You can actually compare maintaining your scuba equipment to maintaining an aeroplane – it’s not something you want to forget!
It is always important to maintain sports equipment but when it comes to scuba equipment it can actually save your life… and of course it is expensive to replace!.
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When completing your scuba lessons, you are taught about the importance of servicing your scuba equipment correctly and it is for a good reason.
Not only should you take care to store your equipment in the right way but you should also have it checked by a professional at least once a year. Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be doing.
1. Mask and Fins
Your mask and fins are the easiest parts of your scuba equipment to maintain and two of the most important. After every dive you should rinse both your mask and fins with fresh water to remove all of the sand and any other debris that could cause discomfort on future dives.
Not only this but sand and salt water can cause streaks to appear on your mask if they are not removed and this can make it difficult to see clearly on future dives.
Like with your mask and fins, you should always rinse your BCD with fresh water after use. Salt crystals easily build up on a BCD and failure to remove them can result in them causing wear to the fabric.
After use you should also turn the BCD upside down and squeeze it to ensure that all the water is removed from inside it. Make sure to rinse your oral inflator with an antiseptic and then partially inflate it for storage.
Pro tip Many divers and dive centers dilute the water they use to rinse Scuba Equipment with a cup of Listerine. This will disinfect and will not damage or corrode any of your materials.
You should ideally rinse the regulator with fresh water whilst it is still attached to the scuba tank. Some people even suggest opening the tank slightly to clean the dust cover before sealing it in place.
Your regulator is a vital piece of scuba equipment and for this reason you may want to get it checked by a professional at least every six months.
4. The Scuba Tank
Although most people will rent their scuba tanks for dives, it is still vitally important that you do your bit in looking after it. You should always store the tank in a lying down position unless you have a tank holder that keeps it secure in an upright position.
After use you should clean the outside of the tank with fresh water and also ensure that it still has some air in it for storage. If you do not do this you risk seriously damaging your tank and rust building up on the inside.
You should also never store your tank or other equipment in direct sunlight unless you want to seriously damage it.
Remember that it is vitally important that you do not go scuba diving without first checking all of your scuba equipment. Do you still remember how to do the "pre dive safety check?" It is better to know when something is not functioning as it should whilst on land, than finding out when you are 20 metres underwater.
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Rutger Thole is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.