Scuba tank care at Dive Timor Lorosae
As divers many times we forget to look after one of the most important tools we use in the industry! Scuba tanks! We always care for our regulators and BC’s after the dive. But we should not forget that tanks are also to be rinsed after diving to avoid any salt from starting superficial corrosion. Salt does in tanks what cavities do to your teeth. Slowly if they are not cleaned they start digging in deeper into the tank. No dive operator likes loosing tanks when it comes to their 1/2 yearly inspection.
Another thing we should respect as responsible divers is the air left in the tank. Naturally if we follow our dive plan properly tanks should be back at the surface between 70 and 50 bar. If you find yourself on a contingency and end up with less pressure than this you should let the dive operator know. Or if is your own tank and above 30bar you are ok. But any less would be better to get the tank inspected. Especially safely diving in remote areas like Atauro Island.
What happens to tanks?
Every time a tank’s pressure drops bellow 30 bar you may allow particles such as dust or moist getting in the tank and no one wants to breath that! Moist inside a tank can start aluminium corrosion and if time goes by without you noticing this you can end up with some nasty corrosion inside the tank so for your own safety and those around you if you are renting tanks try and keep to your minimum reserve of 50 bar left in tank. Keeps your dive safer and therefor more fun!
This is one of the little things we can do on every day we go diving that makes a big difference on the longevity of the gear, the dive plan and of course allow us to fulfill the main objective of the dive. Your own safety and those around you.
Scuba Tank Care
Here at Dive Timor Lorosae we do our best to keep track of the air left in the tanks to ensure your safety. Here are the photos of a recent tank we received with less than 30 bar. We open then all and properly inspected, clean and dry. Now that the tank is been cleaned and freed from any contaminants we have reinstalled the valve and is back in action.
During your divemaster course you will learn everything you need to know about equipment care including Scuba Tank Care.