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Washing gear after vacation

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by freewillie, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. freewillie

    freewillie Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: SoCal Beach Cities
    Normally I'm fanatical about rinsing my gear after each dive. Recently, however, I wasn't able to rinse my gear that well immediately after our last dives. Essentially just a cursory rinse of our mask, fins, wetsuit, and BC.

    It's been over a week since we've been home and with trying to catch up with work and weekend sports and family obligations I have yet to get back and give my gear a thorough washing. The mask and fins not so worried about since they did get fresh water rinse on the boat and dried before coming home. I'm wondering if I should try and rewash the wetsuits and if I still should rewash the BC and flush the bladder?

    Any thoughts? Thanks.
  2. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    That or go diving and clean it after.
  3. DMDavid

    DMDavid Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
    Your dive gear is much like driving your car through the snow with road salt on the road.
    You can always wash your car in the Spring after the last snow but by then you'll have irreversible damage.

    Give your equipment a quick rinse at least after every dive day.
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I agree with spectrum. But unless you're going diving tomorrow I would rinse everything thoroughly ASAP.
  5. GrumpyOldGuy

    GrumpyOldGuy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: West Texas/NH/CA
    I would not worry much about the wetsuit, but I would soak the reg (pressurized) and BC (inside and out) in warm water for an hour to dissolve any salt crystals. The quickie clean on vacation dives is not nice to you gear and warm water is cheap insurance.
  6. RonFrank

    RonFrank Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Conifer, CO
    At this point I would suggest an hour min soak with mild soap then a rinse. It does not take long to do this, you just need to start! A freshwater dive works as well. I bet you have some salt crystal buildup that will require a good soak to dislodge. Do not soak the first stage, just a good rinse of that.
  7. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    After an overseas dive trip I dump everything in the bath with my reg pressurized using a pony, and leave it soaking in warm water for an hour or two.
  8. Diver Tim

    Diver Tim Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Oahu
    If I might ask, why not soak the first stage?

  9. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    Water intrusion past the "dust" cap.

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  10. Agility

    Agility Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Austria

    You can soak the first stage as long it is under pressure (connected to a tank); the inside of the first stage is not supposed to get wet and the safest way to make sure water stays out is to pressurize it.

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