Your Scuba Diving Equipment.
Every diver’s equipment needs are unique. The equipment you choose should reflect careful thought and selection. If you are purchasing new gear, consult with your local dive shop to obtain professional equipment counseling. Before making a major purchase, try the equipment out if possible, in order to decide if it will be right for your needs. If you are contemplating the purchase of used gear, exercise caution and check out the condition of both exterior and interior components before making a decision. Also, investigate the availability of parts for any repairs or overhauls that may be needed in the future.
If you are considering upgrading your old gear, don’t be afraid to try something new on the market. Diving products being manufactured today are the result of extensive testing and research designed to provide greater safety, comfort and individual choice for the sport diver. If the equipment is brand new, reflecting a radical design, find out if it will weather market tests before deciding upon the purchase, or ask around for professional opinions and reactions.
Investing In Scuba Diving Equipment.
Once you’ve invested in a good set of diving gear designed to meet your special diving needs, the next major consideration will be how to protect that investment. Whether you own just a mask, snorkel and fins, or a complete set of scuba gear, every diving dollar that you invest can be maximized through proper equipment maintenance procedures. Scuba equipment can last the diver a very long time when properly maintained, even when subjected to rigorous use.
This article has been written with the high cost of diving equipment in mind. It is designed to provide information on how to properly care for your diving equipment once it has been purchased. Proper maintenance procedures can enhance the useful life of your diving equipment, thereby maximizing your diving expenses.
Your Scuba Diving Safety
The subject of scuba equipment maintenance is a vitally important one in (the field of diving education. Using scuba equipment that has been neglected or improperly maintained may be increasing the risk of diving accidents. By learning how to care for all types of diving equipment and their components, from the simplest O-ring to something as complex as your regulator, you can insure not only the safe operation of your equipment but your personal diving safety as well. This book will contribute to the making of safer, more informed and more conscientious divers.
Your Scuba Diving Fun.
Scuba divers fall into a unique group of out-door sport enthusiasts, whose enjoyment of their sport is highly dependent upon the proper functioning of their equipment. The technical aspects of maintaining, storing, transporting and handling scuba equipment should be a working part of every diver’s fundamental knowledge of his sport.
Each year numerous diving excursions are upset by last minute equipment malfunctions, by a lack of spare parts for field repairs, or simply by a lack of basic knowledge concerning the operation of scuba equipment.
Don’t let equipment trouble ruin your expensive diving vacation. Whether you dive once a week, once a month, or just once a year.
Scuba Diving Equipment Manufacturers.
Each year a sophisticated array of new diving equipment makes its way from the manufacturers’ drawing boards and production lines to the diving market. The latest issue of any diving magazine will attest to the proliferation of diving equipment innovations that characterizes the diving industry today. Never before in the history of sport diving has there been such a wide variety of equipment available for the individual diver.
This article is not designed to deal individually with every brand and model of diving equipment currently manufactured. It is the consumer’s responsibility to obtain and adhere to any instructions, recommendations or specifications issued by the manufacturer for the particular types of diving equipment that he owns. The information contained herein pertains to basic equipment types and shall in no way replace, supersede or contradict the manufacturer’s instructions concerning specific designs, brands or models of scuba diving equipment.
Professional Dive Shops.
Professional dive shops not only conduct the ordinary business of retail sales, but also provide the sport diver with a unique line of services and benefits. Dive shops play a key role in the subject of equipment selection, equipment repair and maintenance, and equipment safety and education. They usually carry a substantial stock of spare parts, and are often set up to perform a variety of in-shop repairs. Dive shops can keep you diving safely and comfortably all year round through their visual tank inspection programs and equipment overhaul services.
As an information center, dive shops are a vital link between you, the consumer, and the manufacturers and national agencies. Dive shops provide information on the latest equipment developments, on up-dates for old products, on factory recalls and news from manufacturers, certifying agencies and national publications. Take advantage of contact with your local dive shop to enhance all facets of your sport diving activities, including your personal equipment maintenance program.
Diving Equipment Recalls.
Diving equipment manufacturers may occasionally recall from the market equipment that has been found to contain a defect or that is in need of an update in order to make it safer. In the interest of your own safety, it is a good idea to check periodically with your local dive shop for information pertaining to recalls, or to watch for recall notices in trade publications. If in doubt about the integrity of any of your scuba equipment, particularly if it has been purchased second hand, inquire at your local dive shop for information or contact the manufacturer directly. Equipment manufacturer addresses can be obtained through your local dive shop. Remember, equipment recalls can affect new equipment as well as older equipment, so always keep yourself informed of the latest developments concerning the safety of any equipment that you own.