After a long day of diving, it might be tempting for a diver to just set their gear down and relax. Most of the modern scuba equipment contains rubber, or neoprene, which can decay rapidly if the gear is not cleaned and stored properly. The regulator, dive computer, BCD, and personal dive equipment all need to be cleaned as part of a regular storage routine. Knowing how to properly store the dive equipment goes a long way towards keeping it in fine working condition.
Cleaning and Storing Scuba Gear
Inspect, rinse, and clean each piece of equipment before storing it for even a short period. Part of storing scuba gear involves first cleaning it thoroughly. Clean all gear with fresh water after every use. This practice prevents damage and corrosion while the equipment is in storage. While rinsing, check to make sure each piece is in good working order and make note of what needs repair.
Clean the regulator with the dust cap on. The dust cap should fit tightly onto the first stage of the regulator. The tight fit prevents water from damaging the water sensitive portions of the first stage. Although it sounds odd, do not submerge the regulator in water. It is optimum to hang a regulator out to dry but if there is no place to hang it, carefully lay it out in a clean environment. Once the regulator is dry, place the equipment in a cool, dry location. Some divers use a specific storage container for their regulator, while others hang it in a closet or garage.
The dive computer is one of the more maintenance free pieces of dive gear. Rinse it and check the battery. Most divers follow the computer's manual to clean it and check the battery. After it is dry and the battery checked or removed, store the dive computer either in the case it came in, or wrap it in a soft cloth and store it with your regulator and BCD.
BCD or Buoyancy Control Device
Rinse the BCD thoroughly and then soak it in a rinse tank or a tub. Some divers also use a bit of dive wash or unscented shampoo in the soak. The inside of the bladder requires a rinse as well. Fill the bladders to around 60 or 70 per cent capacity. Then shake the BDC to loosen any salt that might be clinging to the inside.
After doing that a few times, use all of the dumps to flush all of the salt out. Storing the BCD is tricky; therefore, it is imperative that the water is completely out of the internal bladders. Inflating it will keep the bladder from sticking together during long-term storage. Then, put the BCD in a storage container in a container with the regulator, or hang it in a cool dry place.
Personal gear is the easiest to clean. Just rinse the mask, fins, and wetsuit. If they are free of debris, leave them out to dry; if they are not, some scrubbing might be necessary. Once each piece is rinsed and dry, store them in their appropriate containers or hang them up for easy access. A quick trick for wetsuits and any other gear with a zipper is to use beeswax on the zipper to lubricate it before storing it.
Notes on Storing Gear
Some people prefer to hang their scuba gear, while others prefer to pack it away in containers. Either way is correct as long as it is in a cool dry place. When storing scuba gear for a long period, make sure that the rubber; neoprene, and seals are not exposed to intense heat or cold. This can cause cracking or melting and thus great damage to equipment.
When returning from a dive trip, everything should be rinsed before storing the gear away, regardless of fresh or saltwater exposure. The following gear should be soaked and washed with dive cleaner or soap: BCD, mask, and flippers. Always follow manufacturer's guidelines when it comes to cleaning equipment.
How to Buy Diving Storage Options on eBay
Regardless of how you choose to store your diving gear, you will need containers, hooks, or hangers. Fortunately, these storage options are available on eBay. You can conduct a search for scuba gear and dive cleaner as well as any type of diving storage container you desire. Regardless of which method of dive gear storage you choose, remember to clean your equipment properly and store it safely so that it provides you with underwater enjoyment for years.