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Long term gear storage
SeaGoat - 6/05/2016 5:21 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 8

After several years in Florida, I have made the move to middle Georgia to study law. I am currently landlocked and broke but only for a couple more years.
As a result, I’m doing far less diving than I used to and plan to only keep one set of dive gear and four tanks in use. Does anyone have any tips for storing the rest? Especially the tanks.

P.s. I’m not currently entertaining the idea of selling my stuff since my dry spell is temporary.

P.p.s. If you live near Macon and would like to dive, drop me a line. I learned to dive in Oklahoma so I’m not snooty about vis.
Smithsgold - 6/05/2016 5:51 PM
" Make sure the tanks have some pressure. Clean the gear then place it in sealed containers and store in as stable environment as possible where it won’t see huge temp changes and won’t be exposed to sunlight or ozone."

Good advice Eric !!!!!
Diver_Diva - 6/06/2016 6:05 PM
Keep it in an air conditioned closet and it will be fine. Don’t store it in the garage or attic.
SeaGoat - 6/06/2016 9:36 PM
Thanks for the advice everybody. I’ve been keeping everything in one of my spare closets. I think I’ve read too many horror stories of tanks exploding and gear getting moldy but it sounds like I’m being paranoid.
Eric_R - 6/07/2016 12:48 PM
Your talking long term storage of several years so I would place stuff in sealed containers with Silica Gel Packs to take care of any moisture that wasn’t removed or gets in. The reason for sealed is to ward off rodents and insects that are more then willing to make good use of your gears high tech materials. Sealed containers means any type of container that can be sealed, bags included.;) All the other suggestions are viable and is pretty much what I do but my gear isn’t sitting still for several years without being disturbed. As long as you can be sure rodents or insects aren’t a problem then it should be fine. As for the wetsuit and BC use a heavy duty hanger that has a large radius over the top where the gear makes contact to make sure creases don’t develop. You may be able to stuff padding over the top to prevent creases.
JJL - 6/07/2016 2:42 PM
Do what Agojo said above. Stored my equipment for over 10 years that way. Worked out great.