Keeping your gear in good condition and being familiar with it is vital to helping you stay safe when you go diving – it could even save your life. Kenneth Tan from 300BAR.Asia provides 10 tips for dive gear safety.
1. GET FAMILIAR
Using a rental set or borrowed equipment? Get familiarised with it before jumping into the water
2. REGULAR CHECK-UPS
Check your equipment is functioning and have a buddy run through it before getting into the water
3. STORE IT SAFE
Dry your gear in a cool and ventilated area away from the sun! It prolongs the life of your gear and prevents it from becoming worn
4. CATCH IT EARLY
A slight hissing sound coming from your regulator? Don’t risk it – use another set. A small hiss always leads to bigger problems
5. KEEP IT FRESH
Only rinse your gear with fresh water or cleaning solutions for diving equipment. You never know what other cleaning agents may do to those O-rings in your regulator
6. TEST IT FIRST
Testing out new equipment or taking a buddy for their first dive? Test your gear in shallow water first and work out safety procedures with your buddy
7. DON’T FORGET OR NEGLECT
Don’t neglect your dive computer – service it regularly and make sure that the batteries are fresh
8. KEEP IT STREAMLINED
Streamline your equipment! Prevent entanglement and inadvertent harm to marine life
9. GEAR UP
Carry a cutting device, a light and a high-visibility marker buoy whenever possible. You never know when you might need it
10. BACK TO BASICS
Haven’t dived for a while? Go for a refresher course!
Kenneth Tan is the founder of 300BAR.Asia, a dive gear distributor striving to be the leading distributor for affordable scuba diving equipment in Southeast Asia. They aim to provide customers with value-for-money scuba diving equipment and have an emphasis on safety.