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Proper care for scuba gear?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by phenom, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. FiremanIRFD

    FiremanIRFD Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Iron Ridge, Wisconsin, United States
    I recommend using some mild soap, I use regular shampoo, if you take your gear into a swimming pool. Chlorine does nasty things to neoprene and rubber.
  2. McDiver

    McDiver Solo Diver

    Baby shampoo is also a great mild cleaner for just about anything you want to clean that is made from any type of delicate/sensitive material as well.

    As far as the Drysuit, the beach where I normally instruct there is a shower that I use once I prepare to get out of my gear as a pre-clean before removing it, after a few uses cleaning like said above I do a complete soak in fresh water to clean it inside and out, we cant forget that everything has 2 sides that both need to be cleaned BCD bladders included!

    Salt is a serious mineral, I try to keep it off of anything I want to last..
  3. KD8NPB

    KD8NPB Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Summerville, SC
    When I get home from a grungy lake, I hop into the shower wearing my wetsuit and soap up with the Old Spice liquid soap.

    It seems to cover / get rid of the neoprene stink too.
  4. danpass

    danpass Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Miami, FL
    Put enough water inside your bcd to then operate all the dump valves, clearing them and exercising them.

    Part of my padi cert was a simple 5 min lesson on this stuff. It was also in the video.
    One thing that stood out was to avoid submerging the first stage, just splash water on it.
  5. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    I wash our wetsuits in the washing machine with Woolite on the gentle cycle. Cold water. Dry flat.

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