- Reaction score
- wright city, mo
- # of dives
- 500 - 999
Can anyone explain what value the recert every 3 years has? I guess if they're were new tanks / manf. coming out but most of us dive tanks that are 10-20 years old. Is it just to knock the dust off, or another scuba tax?
I think I read in the beginning TDI didn't have an expiration date?
Not making waves, I don't have any VIP cert.
The recert class was basically the same but abbreviated class focused on updates. For me, it was a good refresher to ensure I had remembered all right stuff. After 3 years of doing my own VIP's it was also a different perspective in the class, I had different questions to ask. All my tanks are old steel '72s so definitely nothing new with them, but I feel it's worth the revisit and any updates in the industry over the last 3 years. Rules/industry views do change, a lot of misinformation is spread online, it's good to get (what I hope are) solid facts to base my next post on. The recert was also less money and good for another 3 years. PSI-PCI class.
I've since taken the valve repair and oxygen cleaning classes. I VIP and O2 clean (the nitrox ones) all my tanks. I've never been questioned about the VIP sticker I get made online and stick on the tanks. I have about a dozen tanks + 3 pony bottles now for use between me and my two boys. I think I'm saving some, but overall I just feel more confident knowing exactly what the inside of my tanks look like. I've had past experiences with LDS's that I no longer trust my gear without personal knowledge and inspections. Even a hydro shop I trust, I had to whip a tank I just got back because it was not properly dried and had more surface rust than I like. So now I just get a hydro and inspect (and clean) the tanks myself before closing them up for up to a year.