Your BCD is an essential part of scuba diving equipment and needs to be cared for in-between dives as well as serviced at annual intervals. Debris such as salt or silt deposits can build up in valves, inflators and indeed on the inside of the bladder. These deposits can cause damage that cannot be repaired and represent a potential safety risk. Sticking inflator buttons have resulted in uncontrolled ascents, this problem can be completely prevented through regular maintenance.
Our BCD service process breaks down your unit into its component parts. All the appropriate parts are then cleaned, de-greased and de-scaled ultrasonically. Each part is fully inspected for defects and wear indications that may cause problems for you later on. Inflators, bladders and hoses are checked for leaks and repaired or replaced as required. O-rings are automatically changed even if they don’t show deterioration. If necessary, inflators are fully rebuilt.
- Check, pull cord, straps, cam band for damage or fraying
- Check buckles and clips for cracking and wear
- Service inflator and direct hose feed quick release connector
- Clean inside the bladder with a fresh water rinse.
- Clean the overpressure and dump valves, replacing seals as necessary
- Leak testing the system, the non-return valves and all connections
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Gone are the days when divers with less than perfect vision have to suffer through blurred vision and squinting to read gauges. Clear underwater vision is as simple as installing standard corrective lenses into your mask. We have a broad range of optical corrections in 0.5 increments designed to replace the standard lenses fitted to various manufactures masks.
Typically you’ll buy a standard mask with removable primary panes as well as the replacement lenses based on your prescription and we simply swap out the lenses for you.
Care and Maintenance
Before the Dive:
- During the manufacturing process, a thin film of silicone will develop on the glass lens. This film of silicone will cause rapid fogging that is resistant to conventional anti-fog measures. It is important to remove this film of silicone from the lens prior to your first dive. To remove the film you will need to scrub the lens inside and out with a mild abrasive. A paste toothpaste is ideal but a liquid scrub will also work. Rub the cleanser into the lens with your fingers several times and then rinse clean thoroughly.
- Mask fogging is a normal occurrence, even after the film of silicone has been removed. Normal fogging can be easily prevented with after market anti-fog agents or saliva. Rub onto the lens and then rinse. Your dive will now be fog free!
- Some after after-market anti-fog agents contain formaldehyde, alcohol, or other substances that may damage the plastic materials used in your mask. If unsure, avoid prolonged exposure of the anti-fog agent with the plastic parts of your mask.
During the Dive:
- When entering the water either from a boat or a beach, place a hand over the lens of your dive mask and hold it securely in place. This will help ensure your mask stays in place during entry and will help deflect any direct impact of water on the lens caused by the jump into the water or any approaching waves.
- A typical dive staging area is a dangerous place for dive masks. Care should be taken to not leave your mask in a location where it might be exposed to dropping weight belts or tanks.
- It is best to avoid putting your mask on your forehead at any time during the dive. Several factors can cause the mask on your forehead to be dislodged and subsequently lost. If you want to temporarily remove the mask from your face, place the mask around your neck.
- Soak in warm fresh water to dissolve salt crystals.
- Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and towel dry before final storage.
- Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.
- Store separated from other dive gear as the black pigmentation of other equipment may discolor the clear silicone skirt of your mask
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The best possible maintenance you can take for a dry suit is “preventative maintenance”.
A properly cared for a dry suit will provide many seasons of warm, dry diving. Neglect basic maintenance, however, and they inevitably fail at the worst possible time resulting in missed dives and cold, wet returns.
Should a neck or wrist seal fail or leaks develop we can replace them or arrange for a factory return and servicing.
Care and Maintenance: (source DUI)
Proper maintenance of your drysuit will greatly extend its useful life.
When finished diving for the day, rinse the outside of your drysuit thoroughly with fresh water. Pay particular attention to the zipper and valves.
Flush the exhaust valve and the inlet valve with running water. Blow the valves dry with compressed air after flushing.
!! WARNING !!
Drysuit valves must be cleaned after each use in the same way that your regulator must be cleaned. Inlet valves may stick due to a build-up of salt in the valve. Exhaust valves may stick due to lint, dirt, sand or hair in the valve.
If the inside of your drysuit became wet, rinse the inside of the drysuit also.
Accumulated body oils will shorten the useful life of latex seals.
Silicone Seals: Due to the nature of the material, silicone seals can attract dirt and lint.
Use mild soap and water and a soft cloth to clean your DUI silicone seals when needed.
After rinsing the drysuit, open the zipper, and hang the drysuit by the socks/boots over a line or drying rack in a shady spot to dry.
When the drysuit is completely dry outside, feel the inside of the drysuit (all the way down to the socks/boots.) If there is any moisture inside the drysuit, turn the drysuit inside out and allow the inside to dry as well.
!! CAUTION !!
Do not hang your drysuit in the sun.
Your waterproof zipper is the heart and soul of your drysuit.
Just like eating right and getting exercise is good for your heart, the Drysuit “Surgeon General” has some
recommendations for you to help your drysuit zipper live a long and happy life:
- Do not “muscle” in or out of your drysuit – it stresses the ends of the zipper.
- The zipper should be left in the open position.
- Any hard accessory dry glove ring installed on the wrist seals should be removed. This does not include Zip Seals.
- Place suit on hanger taking care not to damage the neck seal with the hanger hook.
Long Term Maintenance – longer than 2 months:
- Hang the suit up as listed above and, if the suit is equipped with removable seals, remove them and store in a plastic bag or plastic container taking care to keep the rings on the seals in their normal shapes; wrist round and neck flat. This will reduce the effects of ozone aging of the seals. It is not necessary to remove silicone seals.
- If hanging is not an option, follow the instructions for folding the suit. For long term storage, make sure the suit is completely dry and fold suit very loosely paying particular attention to the seal rings to insure they are kept in their normal shapes; wrist round and neck flat. After the suit is folded, place in a large plastic bag to reduce the effects of ozone aging of the seals, and store in a cool, dry space.
- Make certain your zipper is open all the way when putting on and taking off your suit.
- Before taking off your self-don suit, undo your crotch strap and pull the telescoping torso above your waist – this will give you plenty of room when pulling the suit over your head.
- Rinse your zipper with fresh water after every dive day.
- Lubricate your zipper after every dive day with zipper wax or DUI ZipStick on the exterior portion of the drysuit zipper.
- Do not use silicone spray as it attracts dirt.
- If your zipper is fraying, remove any excess threads with a small pair of sharp scissors, be careful not to cut any of the rubber just the loose threads.
- Every six months or 25 dives, gently scrub you zipper with a soft toothbrush using mild soap and water. Lubricate your zipper after this cleaning.
- Store your drysuit with the waterproof zipper in the open position.
Proper storage will extend the life of your drysuit. Store your drysuit in a cool dry place on a wide hanger and the zipper open. The storage area should be free of ozone generators, such as electric or gas appliances. If you must store the drysuit in areas with ozone generators it is best to fold the drysuit loosely with the zipper open and place it inside a sealed plastic bag.
Folding your DUI drysuit in a drysuit bag for transporting:
- Lay the dry suit with the zipper open face down on a clean, flat surface with the arms out to the sides. Pull the shoulders up so that the neck seal is laying flat.
- Fold the legs up so that the toes of the drysuit go just beyond the shoulder line.
- Fold the bottom portion of the drysuit toward the upper portion.
- Fold once more so that the bottom of the last fold now rest at about the shoulder line.
- Tuck the wrist seals into the sleeves and fold sleeves across the entire package. Slide the folded drysuit into the drysuit bag.
- Larger drysuits may require folding the suit in half to fit into drysuit bag for transporting.
For storage between dives the drysuit is best hung in a cool, dry space away from ozone generators, i.e. electric motors, gas pilot lights and sun light. The suit should be hung up on a quality drysuit or wetsuit hanger.
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