Take care of your diving equipment
Today we want to give you some suggestions on how to properly take care of your diving equipment – we know that diving with familiar equipment can make a difference regarding your comfort and safety.
How to clean your equipment
After every dive
- Rinse all your dive equipment after using it, all the water carries bacteria and dirt. Sea and pool water are very corrosive, and it will seriously damage your dive equipment.
- Dry it in a windy and shady place – never under direct sunlight.
When storing it for long periods
Before storing your equipment for long periods, make sure it is cleaned properly.
- Mask and snorkel – Wash them inside and out with a toothbrush and soap. This will remove bacteria and other micro-organisms that remain behind. For the experts amongst you, disassemble – clean and re-assemble.
- Fins and booties – a good rinse is enough.
- Wetsuit, vest, rash vest – It is useful to put them in a washing machine at 30 degrees with softener only. This gives a good rinse and, it will be easier to put it on next time. If your vest, wetsuit or booties have zips, you can lubricate them using silicon grease or Vaseline, once they are dry.
- Dive computer – leave it in a solution of 50%h2o and 50% vinegar for 30 minutes, gently brush it with a toothbrush and rinse it. This will remove every trace of salinity that can cause corrosion.
- BCD – rinse well, the inner tube with fresh water only. For the exterior part you can use a toothbrush (or a soft brush) and soap.
- Regulator – Rinse well all the parts with fresh water, remember to give special attention to your first stage – make sure that no water can enter. Leave the second stages, all the hoses and your console in a solution of 50%h2o and 50% vinegar for 30 minutes. Gently brush all the parts with a toothbrush and, only for the mouth pieces add soap. Be careful to not push the purge button of the second stages when they are in the water. You don’t want that water enters in the hoses and, from there, into the first stage.
- Properly dry
How to store your diving equipment
- Store your equipment in a dry-dark place, don’t leave it inside a bag.
- Fins – store them with their original foot reinforcement. Don’t leave them in a vertical position, to avoid bending the blades.
- Mask, computer – put them in their original boxes.
- Booties – store them as a normal pair of shoes
- Regulator, snorkel – store them in a textile bag
- BCD – put it on a hanger and partially inflate it.
- Wetsuit, vest and rash vest – hang them in a dry fresh place or make sure to put them out from time to time.
We hope our hints and tips on buoyancy control, air consumption, interaction with marine life, spotting marine life, uw communication and equipment care were helpful diving lessons. If you have any other questions or topics that you would like to learn more about, let us know. We hope that you can be in the water very soon! Once back in the water you will be able to practice and improve your diving skills. Have fun and enjoy your diving adventures!