Meet new scuba divers, maintain a virtual dive log, participate in our forum, share underwater photos, research dive sites and more. Members login here.

Dive Gear Maintenance Tips?
navy_mo - 6/12/2012 10:23 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 6

Do you have any tips & advice to share on how to maintain scuba gear? Any products or soap I should use to wash gear, or just tap water? Do you usually wash your gear again at home after rinsing in the tubs at the dive site?
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/12/2012 11:03 AM
Get an ear bulb (looks like a small turkey baster) to blast rinse water thru the drain holes on your first stage to remove the salt. This is very important on liveaboards where your reg stays setup on the tank for a week or more! I keep mine in the mask box to remind me :)

When rinsing regs having them turned on and on a tank works better, having a pony bottle to do this with is easier on the back.

If after the dive it’s a communal rinse tank (that probably only has the water changed once a day) then my gear gets another rinse when I get home. The wet suite (suit, gloves, boots, hood) get laundry soap or shampoo. Do not leave your gear to dry in the direct sun.

Hang the wet suit to dry but store the wet suit flat, do not lay anything on top of it! I use old hair curlers, obviously not mine to hold gloves and boots open to dry.
Rich-D-Fish - 6/12/2012 11:21 AM
Great idea on the turkey baster1
PaulKramer - 6/13/2012 8:05 AM
Great tips-thanks.
jayman035 - 6/13/2012 8:32 PM
i have always washed my gear in a full bath tub, with running water, then about every 10 dives or so i will rinse the inside of my BC out with the McNett B.C. Life wash. this will give it a good clean and it claims to increase the life of your BC. ever since i started diving i have rinsed my regs under running water and hung them, and never had a problem. My LDS informed me the other day they i need to hook them to a tank to wash them. i have always keeped the dust cover on my 1st stage. i then hang my gear over my bath tub and have a 36" fan that dries my gear in about 2 hours. the only time my gear sees the sunlight is when im in it. i hate faded gear, and i hate scatches on any of me gear. everything is stored in padded bags and wetsuits and BC are hung in a closet. my dives buddies claim in a little OCD with my gear, but it all looks like new and works great. if you look after your gear it will last you a life time. good luck and safe diving.
Greg - 6/19/2012 7:58 AM
I rinse all my gear in fresh water after every dive. Every couple of dives, I’ll let my masks and snorkels sit in a bucket filled with soapy water for a while. I’ll also dunk my regs in the same bucket (dust cap on, don’t push purge button), then rinse with fresh water. And every couple of dives, I’ll soak my wetsuit in warm water with shampoo, then hang out to dry. For my BCs, twice a year I’ll mix a small amount of clorox (not sure if it’s good or not) with water and poor down the inflator hose to get into the BC (helps kill germs and keep the bad smell down. I then add more water and rinse it all around for a bit, then drain, rinse with more fresh water and drain again.