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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:51

How often should I get my gear serviced?

Written by Adelaide Scuba

The basic regulator design patented by Cousteau and Gagnan over 60 years ago still works extremely well to this day, even with the advent of balanced pistons, downstream valves, and extra low pressure ports. However, today’s dive gear manufacturers also use much better materials for moving parts and casings than regulators of the past, making the topic of servicing a grey area.


Still, you will be hard-pressed to find an industry voice that doesn’t recommend annual maintenance. In many cases, this comes down to the equipment’s warranties and a matter of precaution. To keep your dive gear under warranty, equipment manufacturers typically require that the equipment is inspected and serviced annually.


According to Dave Farrar, owner of Gypsy dive shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, “When regulators came out in the 50s, diaphragms, valve seals, and O-rings were made from rubber, which were prone to developing memory after repeated use, keeping them from sealing properly. So, the industry adopted the practice of annual maintenance.” 


Every diver wants their equipment to perform flawlessly. However, since divers treat and handle their gear differently, no one approach to servicing fits everyone. For new equipment, the warranty of the manufacturer should be considered when making a servicing decision. Ultimately, how often you use your equipment, your comfort level between service intervals, and your ability to recognize the performance level of your equipment should also be considered when choosing when to get your dive gear serviced.