How to Store Scuba Tanks

How to Store Scuba Tanks
Scuba equipment is life support equipment. Scuba tanks in particular have been lethal, in rare occasions catastrophically, when poorly maintained or serviced. In addition to periodic visual inspections and hydrostatic testing of the cylinder, the tank valve requires inspection and replacement of worn parts to ensure the tank is ready for use. Properly maintaining and storing the scuba tank after each dive is also essential to ensure the reliability and prolong the life of the equipment.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scuba cylinder
  • Scuba cylinder
Step 1
Check the air pressure of the scuba tank on the pressure gauge. Tanks should be stored with positive pressure (air still in the tank). If the tank is empty, have it filled at a local dive shop.
Step 2
Close the "On/Off" valve by turning the knob clockwise.
Step 3
Remove equipment attached to the scuba tank, including the regulator, backpack and buoyancy compensator.
Step 4
Rinse the tank (cylinder and valve) with fresh water to remove any salt or dirt from the dive. A water hose works well for this.
Step 5
Store the tank in a vertical or horizontal position where it cannot roll, tip over or be damaged. For example, use rubber straps or bungee cords to secure the tank in an upright position away from foot traffic.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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