Does the maintenance of diving equipment affect the safety of diving, we ask Walter Preiman, the instructor of the diving club "Diving"?
Just as you take care of your car's regular maintenance, you also need to meet the maintenance deadlines for your diving equipment. Timely maintenance and supervision of diving equipment reduces the risk of incidents and injuries, protect your investment in equipment and perform timely maintenance of diving equipment, confirms the diving instructor Valters Preimanis.
How regularly do you need to check your diving equipment?
Every part of the diving equipment needs to be inspected every year. Diving maintenance is usually performed by a diving instructor and specially trained personnel, it can also be performed by a diver who has acquired the necessary skills in the maintenance of diving equipment. Be careful, read the equipment manufacturer's instructions if you have a heavy diving load or use diving-specific equipment. Ask your instructor or local diving center about the frequency of maintenance of your diving equipment or tips on performing simple maintenance repairs at home.
Diving regulator maintenance
It is important to take care of the dive regulator after each dive, screw on and use the dust cap on a daily basis, rinse the regulator in fresh water both first and second degree. Normally, the regulator is serviced once a year before the start of the season. Be careful, read the manufacturer's instructions if you have a heavy diving load or it is diving-specific equipment. A high pressure gauge should also be checked.
Replace the dive computer battery before traveling to be sure of your diving safety. The batteries must be replaced more than once a year, and when replacing the batteries, the O-rings must be replaced and the unit itself checked for signs of salt accumulation.
The buoyancy compensator or BCD must be serviced every year, it is best to do it at the same time as the maintenance of the dive controller. Components of the BCD, such as the low-pressure inflator and the air pocket, are subject to wear and compression damage, and if any of these important devices fail during diving, a serious accident can occur that affects the diver's safety. BCD overflow valves must be cleaned of salt, rubber parts must be treated with silicone.
Diving suit or Drysuit maintenance includes an annual inspection of the valves and also an inspection of the clothing pressure, arm and neck cuff to ensure that no cracks or minor leaks have occurred. Even a small hole can flood the suit and cause various diving risks.
Every year, scuba diving balloons must be visually inspected for dents, corrosion, potholes and valve damage. In diving equipment inspections, we check the condition of the cylinder valves and the traces of corrosion in the cylinder. The hydrostatic test must be carried out every five years or as required by local regulations and the type of cylinder.
Mask, tube and fins
Although snorkeling gear does not require complicated maintenance, it must be rinsed thoroughly after each dive. Proper storage ensures that it is not compressed or damaged when not in use. Periodically inspect the fin strap, mask strap, and breathing tube holder for signs of wear.
Other diving accessories
Elements such as diving lights, surface marker buoys, diving watches and other accessories must be visually inspected and, if necessary, their O-rings and batteries replaced.
Diving travel insurance
When inspecting equipment, it is also important to check all risks to human activities. Human mistakes are all too common, so make sure you have the necessary knowledge of diving training and fully understand the risks of having renewed diving travel insurance. If you have questions about which insurance company to choose, ask your instructor for advice.
Valters Preimanis, the instructor of the diving club "Diving", says about the maintenance of diving equipment, "Whether you dive every weekend or just on vacation, scuba diving equipment requires years of regular maintenance. With properly maintained equipment, you are more likely to be involved in safe diving and the equipment will do its job well.“