Equipment care is a common topic that I get questions about all of the time so I thought it would be a good idea to start a short series on how to look after, store and clean your equipment, especially now that the dive season is creeping up upon as fast and people are now thinking about dusting their equipment off.
The images below are just to highlight a few issues that I’ve seen recently.
The first two images are a set of regs that I had in for a service. The customer had stored them over winter in his garage in a regulator bag and wisely, before using them asked me to service them. Living in the 2nd stage as you can see was a spider which as I removed the diaphragm didn’t look overly happy to see me.
Fortunately an easy fix and a quick blast of air removed the spider, however, what if the customer hadn’t brought them in and had connected his regs up and taken a breath?
Many divers have an ‘off season’ during the winter so please ensure that you store your equipment is washed in clean fresh water and dried to prevent salt crystals corroding it and stored safely away.
Here we have a problem common with shore diving.
How many times have we seen divers dragging their kit up the beach, the octopus dragging and bouncing in the sand?
This is often the result with sand and pebbles being forced inside the second stage through the mouthpiece.
These regs were given to me as there was “a rattle” coming from them.
There was, due to the amount of stones inside. After removing the cover and checking the diaphram for tears and damage the sand was carefully washed out, the regs were checked for damage, reassembled and bench tested before the customer received them back.
Shore diving is notoriously hard on equipment as it’s dragged across rocks or up and down beaches so please ensure that all hoses are stowed or held in place by hose retainers to prevent an unnecessary and potential costly repair.
Rinsing your equipment after use, firstly to remove any salt build-up and secondly to remove any debris and foreign objects will help to prolong the life of your equipment. After all it keeps you alive so look after it.
If you’d like to know more about equipment care and general maintenance you can sign up to the Padi Equipment Specialist Courses that I run throughout the year.