View Full Version : how often do u clean your gear?

06-02-2008, 05:46
how often do u clean your gear for example when ur on holidays and planing to dive every day? by cleaning i mean clean it with fresh water if ur salt water diver

WV Diver
06-02-2008, 05:54
Everything gets a freshwater soaking and cleaning after a day of saltwater diving. Even if sometimes it is just a soak in the tank for a few minutes before hanging it out for the next dive.

06-02-2008, 06:31
I am a fresh water diver- and my equipment still gets cleaned after every dive

06-02-2008, 06:35
Should read at the end of every day

06-02-2008, 07:09
If im in salt water or a limestone quarry or mud hole everything gets a soaking. If I am in a spring like Ginnie than I may get lazy and not rinse.

06-02-2008, 07:13
Depends on the diving. If I am on a charter and getting off at the end of the day the gear hits the rinse tank. If I hit a local quarry with no facilities for the weekend then it get dunked when I get home. On a recent live aboard trip the gear didn't get rinsed until the last day of the trip. Although I would stand under a fresh water shower after each dive with my wetsuit on so it got a quick rinse.

06-02-2008, 07:24
As soon as I get home I get the hose out and rinse everything. Most of my diving is fresh water and a shot with the hose keeps everything looking and smelling pretty good.

06-02-2008, 07:37
My gear gets cleaned after a day of use. Most of it has too many miles on it to let it sit. Down here, in this heat, it doesn't take long for it to get funky.

06-02-2008, 07:42
Everything typically gets at least dunked in fresh water after each dive (or two in the case of a charter). Only exception would be on a liveaboard where everything stays set up on the tank. Then BC/regs aren't rinsed until the end of the trip, but everything else gets a daily rinse (computer, torches, wetsuit....).

When we get home from a trip (since we travel to dive), everything gets a major soak and cleaning.

06-02-2008, 09:11
quick rinse if diving consecutive days and big soak and rinse if not gonna be used for more than a week.

06-02-2008, 09:34
Cleaned once a week - I'll typically dive thursday nights and sundays... thursday is clear spring water, so I leave stuff wet until sunday (except the wetsuit), then clean everything sunday afternoon...

06-02-2008, 09:41
I put my reg (with Octo-Z and computer), mask, snorkel, gloves and booties in a 5 gallon bucket of fresh water. I put my camera, strobe & tray in another bucket. Pop seals on both buckets and give them a good soak (and swish) on the way home.

Once there, I use my Stanley rolling tool/dive box as a rinse bucket. I rinse my fins, BCD and wetsuit, giving the later a good soak. After hosing off the stuff from my bucket, I use the hose on my Zeagle BX-style connector to flush the inside of my air bladder.

06-02-2008, 09:51
I try to clean mine after everydive, good rinse. Once home, a good thorough cleaning, scrub, check-out and sometimes a parts breakdown and vinegar splash to get the build up off.

I think of the gear as my livelihood while diving, if it fails, it could cost you your life. Besides, it costs alot of money to replace.

06-02-2008, 11:02
Clean it after every dive.

06-02-2008, 11:04
I clean my gear as often as possible in fresh clear spring water. Usually an hour or two immersion at depth just to be safe. The only problem is the nice fresh springs are 900 miles away! Still, a good excuse for a dive trip.

For most fresh water diving, a cursory rinse is all I give it. For Salt - after each dive day if I can't keep it wet. If it can stay wet, I just hit the sensitive parts to guard agaist any salt crystals forming. (BC bladder, 2nd stages, Inflators and the like.

06-02-2008, 11:15
When we travel it get rinsed after every dive and maybe sprayed with a cleaner.:smiley11: When we get home it gets a really good cleaning.

06-02-2008, 11:26
I'm glad to know so many are disciplined to clean their stuff!

06-02-2008, 12:36
I clean my stuff after every weekend at the quarry--generally if I'm diving Saturday, the wetsuit gets hung up, but the regs and bp/w stay attached to the tanks til Sunday night. On a salt water dive, the stuff gets rinsed at the end of the dive day. In FL it doesn't get rinsed at all except the wetsuit since the spring water is probably as clean as it gets.

06-02-2008, 13:14
Fresh or salt water doesn't matter my stuff gets a solid soak and rinse down after evry days use.

06-02-2008, 15:26
I clean my gear at the end of a day. Fresh water has silt in it, and I've had a freeflow caused by silt buildup when I didn't clean it immediately.

06-02-2008, 15:53
After every dive. I spent to much money on this stuff, not to do it.

06-03-2008, 01:34
I throw my gear in our jacizzi tub, let it soak, then hang it to dry. Works great! :)

Shark girl
06-03-2008, 04:20
It always gets at least a rinse, unless I'm saying somewhere where there is no fresh water for washing! If all else fails it comes in the shower with me.

06-03-2008, 17:55
I dive all fresh water but I still clean my gear when I am finished diving for the day with no hesitation.

06-11-2008, 11:41
I usally do weekend dive trips, so I clean my gear when I am done for the weekend. I am only diving fresh water at this time.

06-11-2008, 12:42
I only dive salt water.

I should be better, but I tend to clean my gear only if I'm done diving for a couple of days, else it just stays wet. Obviously, if I managed to get in something yucky (red tide, etc) I'll clean it sooner, but generally, if I'm heading right back out the next day I don't clean it until I'm done. I'll usually grab my regs and bring them in, but I've let that slip on occasion, too. I do always bring in my camera housing and my canister light to rinse, however, as I can't risk a camera flood and don't want to risk rust on my canister latches.

Once I'm done diving for a couple of days, though, everything gets washed thoroughly, and regs and camera housing both get an overnight soak in fresh water in the sink.

Lone Frogman
06-11-2008, 13:01
At the end of every diving day.

Charles R
06-11-2008, 13:59
Well not exactly every dive. But every dive day, After a day of diving especially in salt water.:smiley20:

06-11-2008, 14:58
Every day. Probably not after every dive (let's not go crazy, shall we), but at the end of every dive day without fail.

06-11-2008, 15:35
When diving locally, I thoroughly rinse my gear after every dive, or at the end of the day if doing multiple dives. Hood, Mask, lights, pocket items, knives, regulator, etc., all get soaked in a sink full of warm water, I hose the rest off.

When on vacation and doing 4-5 dives a day, I rinse it the best I can with the facilities available after each dive. Not usually able to rinse as thoroughly as I do at home - sometimes its just throwing the gear in the hotel shower and turning it on. Goal is to keep the sand and salt off the best I can.

I do more detailed cleaning every few months - I'm noticing that my BC inflator is an area that is getting neglected in normal rinsing, and I'm needing to disassemble it every few months or so, rinse it out, spray some silicone lube on it, then its good as new.


06-11-2008, 16:17
I take the old waterhose to my gear after every days diving.

06-19-2008, 17:58
Everything typically gets at least dunked in fresh water after each dive (or two in the case of a charter). Only exception would be on a liveaboard where everything stays set up on the tank. Then BC/regs aren't rinsed until the end of the trip, but everything else gets a daily rinse (computer, torches, wetsuit....).

When we get home from a trip (since we travel to dive), everything gets a major soak and cleaning.

Same as Zenagirl


07-03-2008, 07:44
Like most its done after every dive....just seems like a good idea.

07-03-2008, 07:46
I'm usually pretty good with cleaning mine after every dive, my gear are my babies

07-03-2008, 07:57
After each dive weekend. Usually when I'm at work and not running calls. Takes about an hour all told and then it's just waiting for stuff to dry.