How to Set Up Scuba Gear

How to Set Up Scuba Gear
While scuba diving is both a relaxing and rewarding sport, it also requires great attention to detail and constant awareness. It is a sport where your life is dependent on your equipment and the setup of your gear.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scuba Gear Checklist Dive Buddy
  • Scuba Gear
  • Checklist
  • Dive Buddy
Step 1
Go over your checklist and make sure you can account for all of your equipment and that it is in good repair.
Step 2
Stand your air cylinder on a flat, stable surface, or lock it into a holder if you are on a boat. Remove the dust cover. Check the O-Ring to make sure it is in good condition. Also make sure the opening of the valve is facing the Bouyancy Compensator (BC).
Step 3
Dip your BC into water; this will help to ensure that the straps securing it to the tank get a good, firm grip on the tank. Slide your BC over the tank to the proper level, and secure it with the straps.
Step 4
Attach the first stage of the regulator to the tank. Fasten it on hand tight; do not over tighten. Position the air hose for the primary regulator over the right shoulder. The octopus and low pressure inflator hose go over the left shoulder. This may vary depending on by whom you were certified.
Step 5
Attach the low pressure hose to your BC inflator. Also attach the octopus to its holder on the BC.
Step 6
Put your gauges facedown, this will keep you from injury if it explodes when you open the air valve.
Step 7
Open the air valve slowly and all the way. Once it is open back it down half a turn. You should hear the air. Turn the guages over and check your air pressure. Press the purge valve quickly on your primary and octopus. You should hear air. Depress the inflator valve on your BC, it should inflate. Listen for any leaks. If possible, take the handle on the BC and dip it in the water looking for any bubbles, which would indicate leaks.
Step 8
Check your equpment, and your buddies' equipment. Have them check your equipment, too. A second set of eyes is very useful.

Tips & Warnings

 
Scuba diving can be a dangerous sport. Do not dive if you are not certified. If you haven't been diving in more than a year, a refresher course would be very helpful.
 
Scuba diving can be a dangerous sport. Do not dive if you are not certified.
 
If you haven't been diving in more than a year, a refresher course would be very helpful.

Article Written By Andy McVeigh

Andy McVeigh lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, scuba diving and photography. McVeigh is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is currently working on his MBA.

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