Equipment Self-Check

It's time to go diving, but you have not had your equipment checked out since last season (or maybe a few seasons have gone by). We recommend you go to your local dive shop and have them professionally check and test your gear. This is important for safety - especially in your life support systems - regulators, tanks, and BCD! Nothing we include below is presented as a warranty that your gear is functioning properly so a professional checkup and maintenance is important.

Here are some helpful things you can do on your own to see if your gear is in working order:



  • Mask strap and skirt is not cracking or dry rotted.

  • Glass is intact and not permanently fogged anywhere.

  • Buckles are not deteriorating, chipped, or cracked.



  • Blades are not torn (look closely as the tears start out small).

  • Fins straps are not cracking or dry rotted.

  • Buckles are not deteriorating, chipped, or cracked.


Wetsuit and Booties:

  • No tears.

  • Knees, elbows, chest, and under arms not significantly thinner or too well worn.

  • Zippers function smoothly.



  • Needs to be serviced a MINIMUM of every 2 years. Some brands recommend every year.

  • Check hoses for cracking or dry rot.

  • Check all metal for excessive corrosion.

  • Install on a tank (combine this step with BCD checks to streamline the process) and check for leaks, proper purge and breathing operation, and check pressure gauge for operation.

  • There are no internal diver serviceable parts without training or experience. If you find anything that does not look right, take it to a repair facility - typically your dive shop.



  • No tears, dry rot, or heavily worn (nearly through the nylon) areas on BC, straps, backplate (if yours has one), and corrugated hose.

  • Double check corrugated hose by pulling to stretch it and looking inside each section all the way around and down the length of the hose.

  • Valve on corrugated hose not corroded.

  • All straps, buckles, zippers, and Velcro connections functioning properly.

  • Buckles are not deteriorating, chipped, or cracked.

  • Holds air – fill using your lungs (not a tank) and listen for leaks at each dump valve, the inflator hose, and all around the BC (bladder leaks can occur inside the nylon outer cover). If any leaks – just open and close the dump valve quickly an few times to clear any sand.

  • Inflator hose functions – fill BC using regulator inflator hose from tank in short bursts (taps) at first and then one long burst (3 seconds of so). CAUTION: DO NOT OVERINFLATE AT THIS POINT!

  • All dump valves work. Fill bladder using mouth or tank and test each dump valve.

  • Finally - over inflate the BC slightly – it should automatically dump air. You will hear a squeaky barking sound – this is the auto dump valve releasing the over pressure. BE VERY CAREFUL – IF VALVE DOES NOT RELEASE AUTOMATICALLY THE BLADDER CAN BURST. IF you are not comfortable checking this, have it checked at a dive shop.

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