Gear can be expensive. We purchase our setups with the idea that most it will stay with you for the next 10 years. Taking care of your gear is an important part of safe diving and is crucial to the longevity of your gear. Salt and sunlight does more damage than you can imagine so here's a step-by-step guide on how I clean my scuba gear after a dive:
- Rinse off the gear with fresh water: After each dive, rinse your scuba gear with water to remove any salt, sand, or debris. DO NOT use hot water as this can damage the rubber parts of the gear.
- Soak in a cleaning solution: Mix a solution of water and a mild soap, such as dish soap, in a large container. I personally use Fabuloso since I prefer the smell. Place your scuba gear in the solution and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. This will help to loosen any remaining dirt or salt and make it easier to clean.
- Clean the regulator: Remove the regulator from the tank and disassemble it into its individual parts. Clean each part thoroughly with a soft brush and the soap solution. Pay special attention to the mouthpiece and hoses, which are the parts that come into contact with your mouth.
- Clean the wetsuit: Rinse your wetsuit with fresh water and hang it up to dry. If necessary, you can use a mild soap solution to spot clean any stubborn marks.
- Clean the BCD: Rinse the BCD thoroughly with fresh water, paying special attention to the interior. Every once in a while I will flush out the inside of my bladder as well but be sure that the inside dries thoroughly If there is any sand or debris trapped inside, use a soft brush to remove it.
- Clean the fins: Rinse the fins with fresh water and allow them to air dry.
- Dry the gear: Hang up your scuba gear to air dry completely before storing it. This will help to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
- Store the gear properly: Once your gear is completely dry, store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or in a humid environment, as this can damage the gear.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your scuba gear is cleaned and properly maintained.
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