Caring for your Scuba Gear

Introduction

Perhaps no other recreational activity demands quite as much technical know-how as scuba diving. It can be a frightening or even fatal experience should something go wrong. Reliable gear can make all the difference between diving pleasure, and diving disaster. Proper training, preparation, and confidence go a long way to having a safe and enjoyable journey through the underwater world.

Proper scuba gear maintenance is the key to extending the life of your quality scuba dive equipment. We've put together some scuba gear maintenance tips from a few diving experts. Always be sure to read your owner's guide, or consult your dive instructors for complete information on scuba gear care.

General care

A few basic tips for caring for your scuba gear for a safer, more fail proof and confident scuba diving experience:

What follows are more detailed tips for caring for your scuba gear items such as wetsuits, regulators, tanks, buoyancy control devices, knives, fins, masks and snorkels. Again, please check your owner's manuals for complete and accurate instructions, or consult your dive instructor.

Wetsuits

There are all types of wetsuits, and they come in all kinds of materials. To keep your dive suit in top shape, follow these tips:

Regulators

Dive regulators require very specific and technical procedures for care and handling before, during, and after use. For complete and accurate instructions, thoroughly read your equipment care guide or ask your dive instructor. Some general care instructions include:

Buoyancy control devices

Scuba tanks (cylinders)

Knives

Masks, fins, and snorkels

Conclusion

Scuba diving is a fun and safe recreational pastime, but is not without its risks. Diving involves a lot of training, technical know-how, and delicate equipment. Reliable equipment goes a long way toward reducing the risks and avoiding underwater worries or life threatening emergencies. Caring for your scuba gear is key. With proper maintenance, your scuba diving gear should reward you for years to come.



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