You Scuba Regulator is the most important piece of dive equipment, it is literally your like line underwater.
A major malfunction in any other scuba diving equipment can simply mean that you had a bad dive. But, a failure with your scuba regulator can be every serious, and even result in injury.
Seeing how important this piece of dive equipment is, it is in our best interest to look after it properly. Fortunately, properly caring for you scuba regulator is not difficult at all.
Just flow the simple scuba regulator maintenance tips below and you breathe comfortably and safely for longtime to come.
Replace The Dust Cap and Seal It Properly
If you’re going to rinse your scuba regulator when it is off the scuba tank, you want to make sure that no water nor other contaminants gets into the first stage.
To do this, you will need to place the dust-cap back onto the first stage and seal it properly. But, first we must make sure that the dust cap is dry and free of water.
To do this you can blast it with the remaining air you have in your dive tank, or wipe it with a clean dry towel. Then, firmly place the dust-cap over the regulator opening, you don’t water to get in the first stage for the next step.
Soak The Regulator in Clean Fresh Water
If you do only one thing, make it be this step.
This step will remove any deposits or sediments that might be on your regulator after the dive.
While soaking your regulator you will need to move it around a little bit to ensure that you remove any lose particle that might be stuck on.
You also want to work any buttons or levers backwards and forward to remove anything that might have been stuck on your reg, do this when the regulator is submerged.
However, there is one thing that you must not do while your regulator is soaking, and that is to never press the purge button on the second stage. This can let water enter the first stage via the second stage.
Continue With A Stream Of Fresh Water
If there is a hose available, you want to continue rinsing it with a stream of fresh water. By now you should have gotten most of the particles off the regulator but a stream of fresh water on the first and second stage will ensure that you remove them.
While doing this you want to be sure that the dust-cap is firmly in place, and not to push the purge button.
Dry Properly Before Putting It Away
Let the regulator try for a few minutes or until is is completely free of water. But, it is important not to let it dry in direct sunlight or somewhere hot, as excessive heat can affect the rubber part in side there regulator not allowing to work properly on you nest dive.
Store it Away Properly
Store your regulator in a cool, dry, sport away from direct sunlight a and fumes. Position a regulator in a way that will not kinked the hoses. A scuba regulator bag is the perfect place to store you new regulator.
Annual Scuba Regulator Tune-up
Most scuba regulator manufacture recommend that you get your regulator service annually at a certified service technician. Many regulator manufacture replacement parts under warranty, so you basically only pay for the labor to get ti serviced.
That’s it, where you expecting more steps? Just follow this simple steps and you will have many years enjoyable safe diving with your regulator.