How to Clean SCUBA Diving Equipment

How to Clean SCUBA Diving Equipment
One of the first things that a scuba diver is taught is how to assemble, disassemble and clean their scuba gear. Scuba equipment is a costly investment, and salt, sun and sand can do a great deal of damage to your scuba gear. No matter how tired you might be after a dive, it's extremely important to take the time to properly clean your scuba gear. It doesn't take long to clean your gear and those few minutes can save you hundreds of dollars in replacement equipment.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bathtub Spray attachment 2 clothes hangars Towel
  • Bathtub
  • Spray attachment
  • 2 clothes hangars
  • Towel
Step 1
Rinse all scuba equipment in fresh water to remove salt deposits. Remember when rinsing the regulator to leave it attached to the tank with the tank valve open.
Step 2
Allow snorkel, mask, fins and weight belt to air dry.
Step 3
Rinse both the inside and outside of the wetsuit and dive booties using a spray attachment.
Step 4
Hang wetsuit inside out on a clothes hanger so that it can drip dry. Hang dive booties to drip dry as well.
Step 5
Clean Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) both inside and out. Press the deflate button and let water into the BCD through the exhaust valve. When BCD is one-third full completely inflate the BCD and give it a shake so that the water can travel throughout the inside of the BCD.
Step 6
Empty BCD by turning it upside down and draining the water out through the exhaust valve.
Step 7
Dry BCD by partially inflating it, so that the insides don't stick together, and hanging it on a clothes hanger.
Step 8
Make sure there's no water in the first stage of the regulator by pushing down on the purge button.
Step 9
Close the tank valve and detach regulator.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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