Diving Equipment

It is not always obvious when your equipment needs maintenance or replacement, especially after a long break from diving. Some less obvious problems can easily slip under your radar. We all know that equipment failures can and do happen, but theses failures still catch divers off guard.

Some gear you can assess yourself; others will need to be serviced by a qualified technician.

If you have purchased any new gear during the time you were not diving, be sure to thoroughly familiarize yourself with it before you get back in the water.

Inspect Your Gear Before Your Dive Trip

Take care of your gear, and your gear will take care of you. This is especially important if you have been away from diving for an extended period and your gear was unused.

Check Straps
Check molding
Check Buckles
Check for cracks, tears, pliability of the strap, mold, and if equipped, the purge valve.
Check For Tears Or Cracks
Check Buckles
Check for tears, pliability, and that
buckles and straps are operational.
Check Purge Valve
Check Mouthpiece
Check Snorkel Tube
Check for mold and pliability of the mouthpiece, check for cracks or other damage to the tube, and check that the purge valve and diverter, if fitted, are functioning correctly.
Check Material
Check Seams
Check Zippers
Check that the zippers are working smoothly. Examine material for tears and stitching and that the material is still pliable and comfortable to wear.
Gloves, Hood & Boots
Inspect Zipper
Check Seams
Check For Tears
Check that the zippers are working smoothly, for tears and stitching, and that the suit is still pliable, fits and is comfortable to wear. Ensure semi-dry wetsuit seals are intact.
Inspect Inflator
Check Seams
Check Seals

Check that zippers are working smoothly, check for tears and stitching, confirm that neck and wrist seals are in good condition, and ensure all taped and glued parts are intact and secure. Check the inflator and exhaust valves for proper function and any damage. If fitted, check that the p-valve is unobstructed, functional and clean.

Inspect Inflator
Inspect Dump Valve
Check D Rings

BCDs should be serviced at least annually (or prior to resuming diving after time away). Experienced divers may do it themselves. Check the following to assess the integrity of the BCD: tears, rips, stitching, glued parts, D-rings, buckles, and Velcro on the cummerbund. Check for cracks and damage and confirm function of the manual and power inflators and dump valves. The bladder should be inflated to ensure it holds air.

Inspect Buckles
Check For Integrity

Check for tears or damage and that the releases work smoothly and effectively. Zippers should be checked for function.

Inspect Mouthpiece
Inspect For Leaks
Perform Breathing Test

Ensure that the first stage regulator is clean – including the inlet filter, and if due for a service, is sent to a certified competent service facility. Inspect the second stage for any signs for cracking or damage, leaks or free flow. Perform a breathing and a purge test.

Check Battery
Check Wrist Strap

Check the computer for any mechanical damage. Check that the batteries are still able to power and backlight the computer fully, or are charged if applicable. Check the strap for pliability, damage and that the buckles or fasteners are functional. Re-familiarize yourself with the operations of your computer. Review computer manual.


Additional Equipment Resources

DAN Customer Service

Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

+1 (919) 684-2948

+1 (800) 446-2671

Fax: +1 (919) 490-6630


24/7 Emergency Hotline

In event of a dive accident or injury, call local EMS first, then call DAN.

24/7 Emergency Hotline:

+1 (919) 684-9111

(Collect calls accepted)

DAN must arrange transportation for covered emergency medical evacuation fees to be paid.

Medical Information Line

Get answers to your nonemergency health and diving questions.

Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

+1 (919) 684-2948, Option 4

Online: Ask A Medic

(Allow 24-48 hours for a response.)