Mistake #2: Neglecting Proper Gear Maintenance

Dive equipment is life-support equipment. Each time you dive, you are venturing into a fascinating, but also unforgiving environment; make sure you are diving with a set of properly functioning equipment.

  • Rinse your equipment after each dive and clean it after each trip before storage.

  • After rinsing, allow gear to dry completely in a cool, shady and well-ventilated area before you
    put it away.

  • Store your gear in an area that is protected from extreme temperatures as well as dust and dirt.

  • Whether you use your equipment frequently or only for annual dive trips, your gear should be professionally serviced to ensure all parts and pieces are working properly.

  • Regularly monitor your equipment for signs of wear and check the hoses for leaks and cracking; pay particular attention to your regulator.

  • As part of your annual equipment overhaul, have your pressure gauge checked for accuracy.

  • While most divers are diligent about their regulators, the BCD is often overlooked. The bladder and low-pressure inflator hose are both subject to deterioration and should be inspected at the same time the regulator is serviced.

  • Replacing parts as needed prolongs the usability of your equipment and helps prevent incidents like uncontrolled ascents and regulator failure underwater.

  • Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines on the proper maintenance of your equipment. If you have questions, check with your local dive center or ask the equipment manufacturer.

  • Take an equipment maintenance course for more information on gear maintenance.

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