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November

Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Scuba Regulators
Scuba regulator kit

A full regulator kit with first stage, second stage, octo and gauges.

Like cars, regulators have evolved from finicky machines that required constant maintenance, tweaking and repair into sound and reliable devices that rarely need major work during a reasonable lifetime. Even so, as a scuba diver your life depends on your regulator functioning without so much as a hitch every single time you roll off the back of the dive boat. This is why annual servicing is so widely recommended: even if your regulator doesn’t actually need looking at, better safe than sorry. With that in mind, divers should pay serious attention to routine regulator maintenance by following these steps:

  1. Rinse your regulator off with fresh water after each dive outing. Most divers adhere to this practice, but remember tofit your dust cover in place before dunking or rinsing your regulator.
  2. Wash the regulator off with fresh water whenever you put your equipment into storage for a period of time. The quick rinse at the dive center removes most, but not all of the corrosive salt from the regulator’s surface, so a longer and more thorough job is necessary later on. For example, if your weekend dive plans include being out on Saturday and Sunday, then give your regulator a serious wash on Sunday evening or Monday before putting it into storage. Make sure you swish water around the inside of the second stage, but do not press the purge valve while doing so. Once again, make sure the dust cover is in place when you do this, because if any water gets inside the regulator’s mechanisms, you will need to hook it up to an air cylinder to blast it out again.
  3. Inspect the hoses and the second stage’s mouthpiece for wear and tear. Replace these parts yourself only if you are confident in your basic mechanical aptitude. Check to make sure the hoses are properly and tightly screwed into the first stage as well.
  4. Take your regulator in for annual servicing, as advised by the manufacturer.