How to Put SCUBA Equipment Together

How to Put SCUBA Equipment Together
Learning about the equipment and how to assemble your scuba gear is one of the first things that a diver is taught in any dive certification class. Most seasoned scuba divers prefer to put together their equipment themselves, even when using rented gear. It helps prevent problems in the water, as you know for yourself if there is a leaking o-ring or if the primary second stage on the regulator has a problem. Always make sure that you put your equipment on with a buddy and that you familiarize yourself with each other's equipment in case of an emergency.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tank Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) Regulator Wetsuit Weight belt and weights Snorkel Mask Defog solution Fins
  • Tank
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
  • Regulator
  • Wetsuit
  • Weight belt and weights
  • Snorkel
  • Mask
  • Defog solution
  • Fins
Step 1
Secure BCD to tank. Stand up tank and place BCD collar strap over top of tank. The valve opening of the tank should face the BCD. Secure BCD and tank by taking the large BCD straps and pulling them tightly around the tank and securing with the locking mechanism. Test that your BCD is securely attached by holding the top of the BCD and gently shaking it. The tank strap shouldn't slide around.
Step 2
Attach your regulator hose. First, remove the plastic cap on tank valve and check the o-ring. Make sure that it is free of debris. Next, unscrew the yoke on your regulator and remove the dust cap. With the BCD away from you and the tank in front of you place the first stage of the regulator against the valve opening and tighten until it is finger tight. Finally, attach the low pressure hose on the regulator to the low pressure inflator on the BCD.
Step 3
Turn on the air valve and check air flow. Take the scuba pressure gauge (SPPG) on the regulator and either hold it away from you or hold it against the BCD. Slowly open the valve and listen for leaks. Keep turning the valve until it stops and then turn it a half turn in the opposite direction. Check the SPG to make sure that it is working correctly. It should show how much air is in the tank. Breathe through both the primary and secondary mouthpieces and make sure that air is flowing easily.
Step 4
Change into your wetsuit.
Step 5
Secure your weight belt. Make sure the weight is distributed evenly around the belt. The buckle should be in your left hand with the other end in your right hand. Bend over a little to take the weight off you while you secure the buckle around your waist. If you have excess strap, let it hang free in case you need to drop your weights suddenly.
Step 6
Put on the BCD and tank. Get your dive buddy to hold the tank while you slip the BCD on like a jacket. Secure the straps on the BCD.
Step 7
Put on mask, snorkel and fins. Make sure that your snorkel is clipped to the left hand side of your mask. Rub defog drops on your mask and rinse, if needed. Hold the mask against your face and place the strap over the back of your head. Use your dive buddy for balance and hold one leg up in a figure four position (or like a flamingo) and place the fin on the leg that's lifted and adjust the fin strap as needed. Repeat on the other foot.

Tips & Warnings

 
Since nylon stretches when wet, it's helpful to wet your BCD first before attaching it to the tank, so that it doesn't come loose on your dive.

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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