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Rinsing regulators

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by pilot fish, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. pilot fish

    pilot fish Giant Squid

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    Well, that is my question. I've been rinsing my reg in rinse thanks for the past 3 years until it dawned on me this last trip, and I came home with sinusitis and a cold, that maybe these rinse tanks are laden with bacteria & pee. If the rinse thank is a problem, the hotel bathtub is certainly not the answer. I say a hose or spicket.
     
  2. pilot fish

    pilot fish Giant Squid

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    It's not the diving, it's what we do with our regs after we dive -pee tanks? no tanks :crafty:
     
  3. DBailey

    DBailey Instructor, Scuba

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    I would put money on the airplane ride (either there, back or both).
     
  4. scubapro50

    scubapro50 Manta Ray

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    .............. the hotels I stay with usually don't have tubs of water with slime and alage that haven't been changed in a week. If you have running water in the bathroom then it's bound to be cleaner than what's at dockside or in the tank. If your bathtub is dirty then call housekeeping to come clean it ..... they should do it everyday anyway in a good hotel. In Grand Cayman my hotel had a dive gear cleanning station next to the pool. A lot of divers did jump into the hotel pool to rinse their gear that way also. Anyway it's just a quick fix until you can get the stuff home for a good cleaning.
     
  5. Kamala

    Kamala Solo Diver

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    I think we've finally gotten to the bottom of this. Someone needs a germ bubble. :wink: I'm betting you're the person who takes their own sheets to the hotel and wraps themself up inside their own sheets so the hotel sheets don't touch them. If you're worried about the hotel bathtub, I've got bad news for you. Hotels don't change the quilt and blankets after every check-out, just the sheets. Don't let your reg touch the quilt! :11: Seriously, how often do you think a dive boat scrubs out their dunk tank? They aren't putting soap in when they fill it with fresh water. How about just holding your stuff under the shower for a while in the hotel room? And then watch the Seinfeld episode where Putty reveals he's a germophobe.
     
  6. hawk2

    hawk2 Angel Fish

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    you cant worry about everything that might get stuff on ur reg. uv bean cleaning it in the tank for 3 years and u dont have herpies and ur not dead, doesnt that tell u something?
     
  7. Juls64

    Juls64 Divemaster

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    After seeing all the disgusting stuff in the pool I was helping in this weekend, a little "P" on my reg is the least of my worries.
     
  8. pilot fish

    pilot fish Giant Squid

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    omg! My reg has lain on many a hotel quilt, the quilt that people with bare butts sit on and that some people get Biblical on. I never thought of that before. You can be sure I'm rinisng that mouth piece out with alcohol right now. Can you imagine that some divers rent regs? This is getting worse by the minute.
     
  9. The Kraken

    The Kraken He Who Glows in the Dark Waters (ADVISOR) ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Like someone said in a previous post, carry two or three big bottles of bottled water. You can re-hydrate and rinse your regulators with asssured safety.

    You could also carry a small bottle of Listerine. Rinse your regs with that and then rinse them with the bottled water.

    Just as an aside, I use a diluted solution of Listerine to rinse out my wing bladder after diving. A dilute solution of Listerine wash and then a couple of fresh water rinses. Be sure to rinse your inflator hose very good. The corrugations are great areas for bacterial growth.
     
  10. pilot fish

    pilot fish Giant Squid

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    I can't believe I have not been doing any of this. Are you taking about the bladder in your bc - pour a listerine solution into inflator hose to fill bc bladder? I've only poured fresh water in it to get rid of salt but never thought of bacteria. I will no longer put my reg in rinse tank but clean it in shower or use a hose.
     

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