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Flooded Petrel

Discussion in 'Shearwater Research' started by Jason_d, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Jason_d

    Jason_d Garibaldi

    I've recently picked up a shearwater petrel 2nd hand, and on my 1st dive its flooded. It was fine until at least 6m, that's the last time I saw it, but once I got to the bottom of the shot line, 30m or so, i could see water between the screen and the perspex front, and there was no display.

    I say flood, but after the dive there was maybe 10ml of water come out from the battery compartment, so not completely full. I've left it out to dry for a couple of days, but my question is what do I do next? It is pretty dry now, do i put a battery in and try it, or do i send it back to a retailer for repair or inspection, or any other suggestions? It was a salt water flood.
  2. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    You could try putting a battery in but good luck.

    Send it in to the service center. They'll replace the board. They have to cut the depth sensor off to see if that's where the water ingress is so the board is trashed no matter what. I don't know what it's costing these days for a new board. To be honest, if the battery has been replaced, that's probably where the leak came from.

    Either way it sucks to have something new to you get torched on the first dive. It's a real bummer, I hope you got a good deal on it.
  3. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    I'd put it in a bag of dry rice for a week first. The rice will draw out the moisture. After that, give it a try. who knows.
  4. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Albany, New York
    Even if it works would you depend on it working long term? As painful as it would be I'd send it off for a proper repair... I'd rather spend the $$ and know it's dependable then think about a failure on a trip... YMMV...
  5. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
    What is the date of mfg?? Depending on the cause of the flood is *might* be covered under warranty.
  6. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    If an electronic device of any kind floods during a saltwater dive the first thing that needs to be done is a thorough rinse in freshwater even if adding more water seems counter intuitive. The corrosive properties of the salt are often the biggest issue.
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  7. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Germany n soon Lake City FL
    Rinse it in distilled water for several days, changing the water every couple of hours to remove the salt. Then toss it in Isopropal alchol in order to get the water out, you will have to drain and replace the alchol several times over a day or 2. Now dry it out. If it works you did good otherwise Shearwater will have to do good, but it'll be a lot easier for them to fix.

    Look at buying a couple of quarts of distilled water and 2 quarts of alchol for this job.


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