Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment. A practical guide

Disinfection of diving equipment is important for our health. What to look for when renting equipment at a diving center? And when you should think about buying your own equipment.

Basics of hygiene in diving

When we go diving close or far, it is worth taking care of our health. Here, of course, the necessary element will be to take care of hygiene, your own personal and our or rented diving equipment.

If you decide to rent equipment at the diving center, it is worth asking to show how they care for disinfection. If the center is run in a good way, they will definitely share this knowledge and even show the place where they carry out basic protective activities.

How to care for the hygiene of diving equipment?

Caring for hygiene is important for our health and comfort of using diving equipment. We describe everything that concerns caring for disinfection in relation to rented equipment, but it is also worth taking care of your private equipment.

First of all, it is good practice at most dive centers to fit the equipment once for the entire dive period. By default, we get one box in which we keep our equipment, assigned only to us.

Remember to dry and clean the equipment after each dive. Immediately after returning from diving, take care of cleaning and drying your equipment yourself. First of all, do not drop this activity on others and above all, take care of your own safety.

Breathing regulator disinfection

When we choose one of the regulators in the diving center, it is worth looking at whether it looks and works. Afterwards, it is worth using your own or entrusted disinfectant before the first use.

The first large disinfection should be applied to the entire second stage (main + octopus), and from outside to the snakes. Later, as soon as we use the machine, you can limit yourself to thorough disinfection of the mouthpiece (main + octopus).

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Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment. Everything you need to know.

The machine could hang on a hanger for a long time. It is worth ensuring its cleanliness at the very beginning of a diving trip.

In addition, after each dive, thoroughly wash the regulator in fresh water and then use a disinfectant. Why? Because, the water in the tubs used for cleaning is common water not only for you, but also for all divers from the entire Diving Center.

It is worth buying disinfecting wipes and a special solution for diving equipment. It is also worth asking in the diving center itself if they can lend us such a measure.

Even if you use your own vending machine, it’s good to ensure cleanliness and disinfection. It is good practice to take care of rented equipment if it were your own.

Mask and tube disinfection

Our mask is exposed to mold and fungus. Very often, divers clean the saliva mask. It gets into the inner recesses of the mask, which is difficult to clean with water alone.

The mask should be fully disinfected after each trip to remove any dirt. Then, dry well and finally, use wipes and disinfecting swabs, tight nooks and crannies.

If you see a strange coating from the inside, it means that the mask has not been cleaned well and it is a fungus or mold.

Breathing tubes, in most cases can be rinsed with boiling water. They should not be damaged by hot water. In addition, it is worth using an antibacterial agent.

BCD disinfection, i.e. jacket or wing

The BCD has an inflator with a hose, which not only allows us to add air from the cylinder. It also allows the vest to be inflated by mouth. Therefore, it is worth ensuring that the inflator is thoroughly cleaned.

Just like with the automatic machine, we clean our inflator not only once a year but we try to clean it at least every few dives.

It is also worth taking care of the buoyancy bag itself. It is exposed to the development of bacteria and fungi. It is always there, damp and dark, which does not facilitate protection and disinfection.

After each trip, it is worth rinsing the inside of the bag thoroughly with clean water. After such rinsing, we can also use special disinfecting liquids. This will kill all bacteria in the bag and protect our equipment for many years.

After disinfecting the buoyancy bag and rinsing it several times with clean water, it should be stored in a cool and dry place with the valves open.

Disinfection of  neoprene equipment

Neoprene, having a porous surface, very well absorbs all liquids and dirt. Which means that all our neoprene equipment is exposed to bacteria and even fungi.

Diving suit, gloves and hood

Of course, even before, during and after diving, we sweat heavily. Therefore, after each dive, you must rinse the suit thoroughly and use a disinfectant.

After each dive, wash the suit thoroughly in fresh water on both sides. Liquid disinfect the entire inside of the suit. Leave the diving suit on the left for your next dive.

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Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment – everything you need to know

With gloves and a hood, we do exactly the same as with overalls. Just rinse well and unscrew to the left. Then a little disinfectant.

Diving shoes

If we have wet shoes with a soft sole, we can do exactly as with gloves. Such shoes can be easily unscrewed and easily cleaned from the inside.

In the case of shoes with a hard sole, they should be thoroughly washed in fresh water. Then remove excess water and spray the shoes with disinfectant. Leave to dry completely.

Disinfecting a dry suit

A dry suit is good when it is “dry” under water. Often, we sometimes wait in overalls worn. This causes sweat to accumulate inside the suit. This facilitates the development of fungi and bacteria. That is why it is important that you disinfect your suit from the inside.

We do a dry suit in a similar way as when disinfecting a neoprene suit. If you have the option, roll the entire suit inside out and clean the entire surface thoroughly. Finally, spray with disinfectant. You can inspect the sealing strips during cleaning.

Undersuit and thermoactive underwear

Try to use your own undersuit and underwear if possible. Undersuit and underwear should be washed frequently. Remember that all bacteria and sweat accumulate there. All moisture soaks into this clothing.

It is good practice to rinse the undersuit after each dive. Of course you can do it if it is warm and the undersuit will dry out.

Rent or buy your own diving equipment?

It is best to have your own diving equipment. If you only use it, you will minimize the chances of contracting various diseases.

When you lend your equipment to someone

Sometimes, you have to borrow your equipment to someone. In this situation, adhere to some basic hygiene rules.

 disinfected equipment – just like you want, dive in clean equipment, just as your partner can expect the same. If you borrow equipment, it should be disinfected and clean.

Clean the equipment after use – when you recover the equipment, be sure to clean it and disinfect it. You don’t know if the person who borrowed it had time to clean and sanitize.

Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment – everything you need to know
Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment – everything you need to know

Borrow only functional equipment – if your machine does not have a service currently available, do not borrow it. Yes, if any, the item may not be fully functional, do not lend it to another person. When you take care of your safety, also take care of the safety of others.

Take care of borrowed equipment more than your own – whether you take care of your equipment is not as important as taking care of borrowed equipment. Even if you borrow equipment from a diving center, it is to be used in the future by other divers. It is always worth taking care of this equipment in a special way.

Disinfectants

It is worth using disinfectants that are specially designed for diving equipment. These measures are not harmful to people or the environment. Such disinfectants are also safe for diving equipment.

Before using disinfectants, be sure to read the instructions for use. Most such chemistry has no effect on health, but it’s better to make sure what the manufacturer’s recommendations are. By following the manufacturer’s instructions, you can be sure that your diving equipment is properly disinfected.

Disinfection and cleaning of diving equipment – summary

Diving equipment is durable and safe. However, it should not be forgotten that caring for equipment is the responsibility of every diver. It is diving equipment that provides us with comfort and ensures our safety when we are under water.

In the current situation, when there are various dangerous viruses in the world, it is very important to properly clean the equipment. Ask your dive center how they care for the equipment you have to use. Let’s guard our safety ourselves.

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