Here are some tips on how to check our diving equipment, especially if you do not use it for a while, before leaving for a vacation or even for a single dive.
– MASK : Check the wear of the strap and possibly take a spare one. It can come in handy if you snorkel in addition to diving and leave your equipment for the diving, as it becomes indispensable if you use an optical mask in case of any trouble or loss.
– FINS : Check the wear on the belts and connections between fin and strap, if you use fins of that type, otherwise check the wear of the shoe rubber.
– AERATOR : very useful especially for snorkeling between a dive and the other, check the wear of the rubber parts and the mouthpiece.
– BOOTS AND HOOD : a quick check at the hinges of shoes and wear and do not underestimate the use of the hood, can make a difference if the water does not have a very comfortable temperature.
– JACKET: check carefully the corrugated and controls, possibly link it to a cylinder together with your regulator or mouth and try to inflate and deflate, the keys have to return without difficulty to the starting position.
– REGULATORS: if you have ever made the revisions should not have any surprises. Check the nozzle wear and whips (both of the second stage of the pressure gauge). In doubt and if you still do not use them for some time, take them to a store and have them checked.
– COMPUTERS: turn it on and check the battery status. Ensure that, for some computers, the battery can be replaced only by the manufacturer, get a good margin of time in this case. You can check out the best dive computers reviews here.
– GLOVES AND KNIFE : a few controls except that the knife was; but you can safely avoid putting them in a suitcase if you are traveling to tropical seas with coral reefs where, as a rule, it is forbidden to use to preserve the environment.
– BCD : more essential than ever. check that the line is in good condition.
– BELT OF LEADS : you will certainly not trouble finding the place, but having your own belt, the right size and with well functioning buckle, it is always preferable.
– REPAIR KIT : can be very useful and, at times, such as on a cruise, indispensable. My tips on what to bring:
– Mask strap
– Strap fins with individual plastic attachment
– Distributor caps
– Spare mouthpiece
Better to prefer limp totes and not rigid ones, they can be stowed on the boat better and take up less space. And if we go on a cruise, for advice from personal experience: 1 low pressure hose and a spare pressure gauge.