Why do we service dive gear?
We spend a lot of money on our dive gear. Some of it literally keeps us alive, while other pieces help us to accomplish a task, or may just look pretty or be a cool toy.
Scuba equipment is precision, highly technical equipment that must be maintained regularly in order to not only extend its life, but also to extend yours.
Most manufacturers agree that regulators and BCDs need to be serviced annually, or approximately every 100 dives if used heavily.
Townsville Dive Services' manufacturer-certified technician can pick up where daily maintenance stops, and ensure that your equipment last for years and functions at its best.
For advice on how to take good care of your equipment, please visit the Gear Heads blog and check out the Maintenance section.
What happens during a service?
As you can see from the schematic above, regulators can be complex pieces of machinery.
The Scubapro A700 second stage pictured here, has 39 individual parts (see schematic above), and the MK25 first stage has no fewer than 41 components. Combine this with a basic occy with 30 parts, and you're looking at roughly 110 or more individual components per set of regulators!
During a service, the regulators are disassembled, and broken down to their component parts. All parts except those being replaced are then put in an ultrasonic cleaner, which uses heat and sound waves to break down any dirt or salt build-up, and clean the components thoroughly.
After the ultrasonic cleaning, any residual dirt or corrosion is cleaned from the parts by hand. Townsville Dive Services uses only manufacturer provided service kits and Christolube MCG111 oxygen-safe lubricant, to ensure that your regulator rebuild results in unparalleled quality, as if it just came off the factory floor.
Once the annual replacement parts have been fitted, and the regulator has been completely rebuilt, it is tested on the workbench, using Magnehelic and intermediate pressure gauges in order to set it to the manufacturer's specifications for the particular model.
All of this ensures that your life support equipment will continue to work the way it was designed to work initially, for many years to come.
Take care of your gear, and your gear will take care of you!