Most of us don’t want to ruin our dive gear, but laziness can get the best of anyone. But the inevitable result is an expensive bill at the dive shop for repairs or replacement. And that’s a best case scenario. At worst, your gear could malfunction during a dive and, well, we don’t really want to think about that.
But if you’re among those who are dead set on ruining your dive gear, we will not stand in your way. Here are five ways to get the job done.
1. Don’t register your gear
If you don’t register your gear after a purchase, you probably won’t be able to take advantage of any warranties that the manufacturer offers. This means that if you find a defect, you’re on your own. Also, registering can help keep you informed of any recalls on said gear.
2. Skip a year of service
If you want to ruin your gear, why bother having it serviced? Since servicing gear is the best way to ensure it’ll stay in good shape for a long period of time, just skip the yearly maintenance and let it all go to shambles.
3. Never rinse after a dive
There’s nothing like the feeling of salt water against your skin. It means you’re in dive territory. But salt on your gear is a recipe for disaster. If you aren’t rinsing your gear immediately after ever dive, expect to open your gear bag and find a rusted, corroded mess. But hey, if you like that sort of thing…
4. Store it in direct sunlight
Just like salt water, the sun is our friend. It helps our bodies make vitamin D and our skin get a soft sun-kissed glow. But unfortunately, it isn’t as kind to gear. Instead of helping, the sunlight will age your gear faster. Well, I guess it does that to us too! A little sunlight doesn’t hurt anything, but you definitely want to store your gear in the sunniest spot possible if you don’t want it to last long.
5. Don’t worry about buoyancy
Buoyancy is important on a dive for so many reasons, but if you’re trying to blow through equipment in the fastest time possible, don’t even worry about it. Let your gear work harder while you sink further into the depths of the ocean without any control. It’s totally cool.
Like most dive shops, we service gear – and we see all kinds – from those that are well cared for to those that look like the owners were purposely trying to destroy it. But all kidding aside, if you want your gear to stay in good shape, you must follow the exact opposite of the advice we have given here today. Register, rinse, avoid direct sunlight and always worry about buoyancy.