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Proper Care and Maintenance for your Poseidon Dive Gear

Proper Care and Maintenance for your Poseidon Dive Gear

 
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Care and maintenance...two words that some live by, while others detest and avoid whenever possible. Take a few minutes though and think about everything that requires these two steps, then try and think of something that doesn't require some form of care and/or maintenance...good luck! Everything needs care and maintenance to some degree. Mowing the grass, changing the oil in our cars, doing the dishes. These activities are not always fun, and they are not always cheap (especially when left neglected for too long), but taking care of what is ours is always necessary for our health, safety, and item function.  Why would our dive equipment be any different? It's not! In fact our underwater life support equipment should be a priority!
 
What are the repercussions for not mowing the grass? Your yard looks unkept, the newspaper gets lost, eventually you create a new horizon to watch the sunset on. Now think about the repercussions for not taking care of your regulators, your BCD, and your MKVI Rebreather. Corrosion is the most common form of neglect. Fortunately, it is one of the easiest to correct with three simple rules: 
 
  1. Poseidon Rebreather Diver - SurfaceAlways, ALWAYS rinse your gear in fresh water after use. It is best to do this while still under pressure so as to avoid water entering any of your regulators.
  2. DO NOT leave your equipment to dry in the sun (I do understand that sometimes this cannot be avoided)! This causes soft parts to dry out too quickly and/or become too hot causing them to wear and weaken.  Dry rot can also occur if dive gear is left exposed to heat or direct sunlight for too long.
  3. To the opposite extreme, it is very important that your equipment does dry. If left wet, the water can cause permanently damaging corrosion as well as mold within dark and humid environments (your breathing loop). It is especially important, specifically within your loop, to clean and sterilize these components so that the soft parts within do not corrode and/or give you a nasty surprise the next time you dive your unit. Let your whole unit dry inside and out. Moisture is the ultimate erosion tool whether it is moving or stagnant. Unsterilized equipment can also lead to problems if mold or other bacteria is ingested or inhaled by the diver.
 
It is very important that we take care and maintain our dive equipment because it takes care of us. So as the dive season slows down, and our dives become fewer and farther between, try and keep in mind that just because your are not using your dive equipment doesn't mean it should be neglected.
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and stay safe!
 
Todd Martin
Lead Service Technician
Poseidon Diving Systems USA