Cleaning and maintaining your scuba gear is essential for safety and longevity. Proper care of your equipment helps ensure it functions correctly and reduces the risk of malfunctions while diving. Below are some suggestions on how to keep your scuba equipment for a long time.
Use Fresh Water
Immediately after each dive, rinse your gear with fresh water. Rinsing helps remove salt, sand, and other contaminants that can cause corrosion and damage and will increase the longevity of your scuba gear.
After you clean your gear, it is a good idea to submerge it in a large container of fresh water for a more thorough cleaning. Make sure to soak your regulator, BCD, mask, snorkel, and fins. Allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes.
Clean the Wetsuit or Drysuit:
For wetsuits, rinse them thoroughly and hang them to dry in the shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can damage the neoprene.
Drysuits need special attention. Rinse and clean the exterior with fresh water. Check and clean the zipper, valves, and seals according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Rinse and Clean Regulator
Rinse the regulator in freshwater, being careful not to submerge the first stage. Use a regulator dust cap to protect the first stage from water. After rinsing, use a mild, non-abrasive solution to clean the regulator parts, especially the mouthpiece, purge buttons, and exhaust valves. Rinse thoroughly and let it air dry.
Avoid using strong detergents or chemicals, which can damage the regulator's internal components.
Rinse and Dry BCD
Rinse the BCD inside and out with fresh water, paying attention to zippers, pockets, and inflator mechanisms. Inflate the BCD slightly to allow water to drain, then deflate it entirely before hanging it to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Clean Mask and Snorkel
Rinse the mask and snorkel in freshwater, removing any salt or debris. If the mask has a removable lens, remove it and clean both sides with a mild lens cleaner or non-abrasive toothpaste. Rinse thoroughly and reassemble.
Rinse and Dry Fins
Rinse your fins thoroughly to remove sand and salt. Make sure the buckles and straps are clean.
Allow your fins to dry completely before storing them to prevent mold growth.
Lubricate and Store
Apply silicone lubricant to O-rings and moving parts on your regulator, tank valve, and BCD inflator. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for lubrication. Store your gear in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Beyond cleaning and lubricating, you must regularly inspect your gear to identify any signs of wear, damage, or corrosion. Pay special attention to hoses, O-rings, and straps.
Paragon Dive shop can help you maintain your scuba equipment.
Periodically, have your regulator, tank, and BCD serviced by a qualified technician. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for service intervals. Our scuba professionals will ensure your equipment remains in good condition, extending its lifespan and, most importantly, keeping you safe during your dives.