Life Support Equipment
Scuba gear is precision equipment that needs care and regular servicing in order to perform as designed. Make no mistake,
your regulator is life support equipment, in addition to being a fairly large investement.
Scuba gear needs regular care to not only function properly, but also to ensure that it lasts you for many years to come.
The better care you take of your gear, the better care it will take of you, and the longer it will last.
Our service technician regularly sees 10, 20, and 30 (and once even a 50 year old) regulators that still function as well
as the day they were made, because they have been treated well.
Tips for caring for your gear:
- Have your gear serviced annually (more if you dive very frequently)
Most manufacturers require customers to have their gear serviced at least once a year in order to maintain their warranty.
Even if your gear is out of warranty, remember that your life literally depends on how well it works.
- Rinse your gear thoroughly after every dive
We love salt water, but our gear doesn't. Remember to rinse ALL dive gear in fresh water after ocean diving, inside and out
(yup, remember to flush the insides of your BCDs and regulator 2nd stages or salt builds up and leads to corrosion and
permanent damage). If you're diving in fresh water, then, sweet! Your dive IS your rinse cycle!
- Bag your regs
Living in tropical North Queensland is great. The problem is, lots of bugs think so too, and some bugs love to live in, and dine on certain bits of scuba gear. Cockroaches absolutely love to eat the silicone on your mask skirts and the diaghragms in your regulators. So if you're not going to use your gear for a while, make sure it's clean and dry (see tip above) and then bag it well to keep out the unwated visitors.