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Date:09/20/02 By SanDiegoDiving.com Editorial
Proper maintenance of scuba equipment is very important for several reasons. Not only is it safer to use, but it lasts longer and better maintains its value. The following sections provide useful information about keeping scuba equipment in good shape.
Most diving gear is made up of rubber, plastic and metal parts that are subject to oxidation and decay. Salt, dust, dirt, heat, ultraviolet light, ozone and fumes can all be harmful to scuba equipment, so divers should use good judgment in protecting their gear from these substances.
Dry the regulator with a clean towel after rinsing, then 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 separate from the tank in a position where there is little or no stress on the hoses, and the second stage below the first with the mouthpiece facing down.
All regulators should be serviced according to manufacturer's suggestions, which is usually once a year.
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.
Store BCDs upside down and partially inflated.
Service according to manufacturer's suggestions, usually once a year
Wetsuit, booties and gloves
Allow wetsuits, booties and gloves to drip dry on appropriate hangers that prevent creasing of the neoprene.
Lights & Cameras
Store components 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 any and all manufacturers recommendations.
Annual service is recommended to ensure the longevity of delicate and expensive equipment. Be sure to follow any and all manufacturers recommendations and consult the owner's manual before attempting replacement of the batteries.
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