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Equipment Failure - your data please!

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by gr8jab, May 23, 2019.

  1. gr8jab

    gr8jab Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oregon, USA
    Hi all! Please share your numbers, even if you've never had an incident.

    How many air-supply related life endangering equipment failures have you had?
    How many total dives have you made?
    How many hours (if you know) diving?

  2. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
    More than 8000 hours underwater. 3000 of that non-commercial. I can't remember more than one life threatening equipment failure which was a manufacturing defect in a revo.
  3. divinh

    divinh Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    I've had an AI computer that stopped registering the correct tank pressure. This was discovered during the buddy check, before jumping in, so we were able to test with another tank and eventually swapped out the whole reg with a spare. Afterward, we tested at the shop twice, immediately after getting back and two weeks later. Immediately afterward produced the same reading, 10 bar, on a 200 bar tank. Two weeks later, the reading was correct, but the numbers slowly went to the correct pressure.

    The dive computer was new with a history of 20 dives, two pool test dives and 18 ocean dives, before the failure.

    Occurred just before dive 209.

    234 dives so far.
  4. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
    260 dives zero failures of my equipment. I’ve seen a buddy have a free flow once.
  5. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Life threatening... zero

    TNTC bubble leaks
    1 BCD elbow connection leak after back roll entry
    1 significant free flow
    1 fin strap disconnect

    698 dives for 677 hours underwater
  6. saxman242

    saxman242 Divemaster Candidate

    I had an spg essentially detonate when turning on a tank. Wasn't a problem since it was at the surface before hoping in the pool during training, but could have been a problem had it let go at depth. That's the only problem I have had in ~100 dives.
  7. carobinsoniv

    carobinsoniv Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Moultrie, Georgia
    0, 816, and est 816.
  8. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Closing in on 300 dives. On my last trip to Bonaire my Hollis 500SE started leaking a tiny amount of air. Since I had not brought my tool kit and extra 2nd stage I dove with it till the leak was great enough to shorten my dive. Not at all life threatening. Especially since I always carry a pony.

    MY LDS told me that the 500SE is very tempermental and needs to be serviced at least yearly, and is prone to problems, and is a bitch to work on. Don't know if it's true. But that's the only equipment problem I've experienced - other than getting tangled in the dive flag line a couple times when diving cold low vis water here in central NY.
  9. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    510 dives, 250 hours

    No serious failures. Minor free flows on the surface several times. Only once I couldn't stop the slow freeflow from my secondary, so I swapped regs. I've got a 33 year old pressure gauge that's starting to read incorrectly. I've used rental gear with minor slow leaks, but lately the rental gear has improved likely due to better care.
  10. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    The plural of anecdote isn't data. What exactly are you looking to accomplish with your "data" request?

    To answer your questions:
    A lot.
    A lot.
    rjack321, rongoodman and Bob DBF like this.

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