Adventure Diving Gear Tips
Get helpful tips on your scuba gear from the gear pro at Adventure Diving!
1. How often do I need to get my scuba cylinders checked?
Great question. Cylinder makers and most dive training agencies ask that you have your scuba cylinders checked visually at least once per year. When we check your cylinder we look for cracks and pits in the neck and walls visually and electronically to make sure that the cylinder is structurally sound. Electronic testing is done with the VIP Plus Inspection Technology. A VIP Plus Inspection uses an eddy current testing machine to check for cracks or imperfections that are not visible and could lead to cylinder malfunction. We also use a straight edge to make sure there are no banana or bulged cylinders! The government also requires that you have a hydrostatic test done once every five years. Last, we also require that you have your cylinder valve serviced at the same time you get your tank visually inspected. There are o-rings, seats, washers, pressure safety disc, and other parts in the valve that should be checked and replaced just like your regulators and buoyancy control device. If you are having your cylinder serviced at Adventure Diving, it will receive NITROX cleaning and valve overhaul even if you only use compressed air to breath. Nitrox cleaning and Viton O-Rings with Christolube assure better materials and a much higher level of service for all divers! We strive to be the best because you deserve the best in materials and service for your diving needs whether recreational or technical.
2. When is the best time to get my scuba gear serviced?
It depends. Just make sure you give your self plenty of time before your trip or dive activity to get this yearly overhaul and inspection done, test your equipment, and review your skills in the pool.
3. What can I do to get ready for my Fall and Winter dive adventure?
Besides getting your gear checked, you can do a number of things before you leave. First, you should make sure ALL of your gear is working before you pack - meaning masks, fins, snorkel, hood, boots, gloves, lights, cameras, and all your primary gear. If you haven't been wet in a while (which I hope isn't the case) you need to schedule some time in the pool to practice your skills and equipment handling with a qualified instructor. Second, make sure you have replacement straps and parts for normal wear gear like mask, fin straps, and mouthpieces. Third, get your batteries checked on your diving computer and cameras. Do not forget to carry spare batteries or change over to rechargeable NiMH batteries that last much longer!