Maintenance Tips for Divers

Scuba Guys’ Dive Shop would like to help you make the most of tour diving dollar investment so we are providing these handy tips and tricks that will make your diving more pleasurable and help your equipment last longer.

 

  • Rinse off your gear

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    Always, Always, Always rinse off your equipment with fresh water when you have finished a dive. Salt and corrosive residuals get worked into the smallest of parts while we are exploring the oceans, lakes, quarries, and rivers. By giving everything a thorough rinse not just a splash after every dive, you can wash away most of this residual before it crystallizes and becomes a problem. When you return from your trip give your gear a well deserved soak in the tub. Treat your diving gear for giving you great dive experiences with some great products for your equipment:

    • McNett Wetsuit Shampoo to clean your neoprene products
    • Miazyme to get the sink out
    • BC Life helps keep your BC fresh and clean too
  • Carry Spare Parts

    partsCarry a spare mask strap, fin strap, snorkel keeper, mouth piece, and some plastic ties, and some common scuba O rings these don’t usually break at home in your bag, they break on the dive boat while you are suiting up for the best dive of the day.

    A save a dive kit is an inexpensive way to ensure that you’re not a “Bubble Watcher” on the boat trip – remember Dive charter don’t give refunds because your equipment isn’t working.

  • Only pack what you need but pack smart!

    I see divers all the time with everything they could possibly pack, stuffed into a bag that is ready to explode and then when they get to the airport or the dive boat, that’s when the bag decides to display all it’s contents to the world in protest to being overfed.

    Get a good quality scuba bag, large enough to take what you will really neebag3d on the trip and pack smart, as you pack have a list, check off the item on the list as you put the gear into the bag. Put the items in so that as you are getting ready for the dive, the equipment comes out of the bag, and right onto the diver, not all over the deck.

  • Fins Stuck ON!

    finsDo your brand new fins really stick on and are hard to get off? If you look at the bottom of the fin, you may notice two small indentations where you can cut out or drill the material to make the suction release much easier.
  • Mask fogging up!

    SeadropsDoes you new mask fog up? When a mask is manufactured, it is coated with silicon therefore the “spit” or seadrops will not solve the problem, it will require cleaning. In order to do this, use a combination of baking soda, regular toothpaste (not gel) and a small amount of water and rub the interior of your lens until it squeaks, rinse with clear water this should be done every once in a while just to get rid of the oils and grime that eventually gets into a mask. There are other options, Trident Mask Cleaner or Aquaseal Sea Buff, available at your local dive shop.
  • Make Some Noise & Be Seen!

    safety_tubeGoing on a dive trip for the first time or whether you are a seasoned veteran, you need to take some type of a signalling device with you in the water. You probably remember hearing about this in your training, but it really is important. Safety tubes, whistles, screamers, reflectors all are inexpensive and can really save the day.
  • Don’t let your ears muffle your vacation!

    ear_dropsEar drops prior to your dive and immediately after the dive can save a dive holiday, your ears are quite sensitive to what’s in water and sometimes small irritations will get out of control and then you become a bubble watcher. Using ear drops regularly can really help reduce the chance of a ruined dive trip.