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Storing Your Drysuit for the Winter 
Monday, October 25, 2010, 08:10 PM
Posted by Administrator
Now that we are coming to the end of the diving season for all but those few hardy souls who will be diving under the ice, it is time to think about proper storage of your dive gear. Since your drysuit is probably the most expensive single piece of gear you own, it deserves some special treatment.
Before you store it away, make sure that it is completely dry inside and out. If the zipper looks dirty, you may wash it with mild soapy water and a soft toothbrush. After it is dry, wax it with paraffin wax. To help preserve your latex seals, dust them with unscented talcum powder. Most manufacturers recommend against using silicone sprays or oils, because the silicone is absorbed into the fabric, making it virtually impossible to get adhesives to hold when you have to replace your seals.
After your seals are dusted with talc, tuck them into the suit, and then roll it up loosely. Store it in a cool, dry place, away from heat, oil, and chemicals. In other words, dont store it near your water heater, furnace, electric motors, or where it will be exposed to automobile exhaust, i.e., not in your furnace room or your garage. With a little care, it will be looking good and ready to go in the spring.
Thomas Rhoad
Service Manager

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Scuba Trivia for Saturday  
Saturday, May 8, 2010, 08:48 PM
Posted by Administrator

In what year did this SCUBA manufacturer make a wetsuit for a penguin? What was the manufacturer?

Answer: Oceanic ~ 2008
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Venomous Sea Creature First Aid  
Friday, May 7, 2010, 08:37 PM
Posted by Administrator
For a change of pace, I thought we could have some fun with scuba trivia. Each day, I will post a question relating to the sport we love. I look forward to seeing your answers.


Friday's question is:


Soaking a wound from a venomous sea creature in white vinegar is the correct procedure for:

A. Bristleworm stings
B. Pufferfish bite
C. Jellyfish stings
D. Fire coral stings
E. Sea cucumber irritation




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Does My Nitrox Tank Need to be O2 Clean? 
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 12:23 PM
Posted by Administrator


You know from your nitrox class that the US diving industry reached a consensus several years ago that most scuba equipment does not have to have special treatment as long as you are using enriched air with an oxygen concentration below 40%. (Check your owners manual to get the details for your particular gear.) This is not the case in Europe, and even in the US does not necessarily apply to your tank and valve.
In your class you learned about proper labeling of your tank, but you should also be aware that your tank and valve may require special cleaning in order to be properly prepared to be filled with enriched air. This is because one of the common methods of making enriched air is to introduce pure oxygen in to your tank, then topping it up with air to obtain the requested O2 percentage. Since the tank and valve are exposed to pure oxygen during the filling process, they can represent a hazard to the fill station and the blender if they are not adequately cleaned and compatible with oxygen.
The cleaning process removes any combustible materials that may have accumulated as a result of filling and using your tank, such as compressor oil, metal oxide particles, dirt, and debris from wear of o-rings and gaskets. These materials could act as kindling, and result in a catastrophic incident during the filling process. So be kind to your fill station operators and nitrox blenders, and have your enriched air tank oxygen cleaned when you have your annual visual inspection done.

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Palau Shark Sanctuary 
Saturday, October 31, 2009, 07:46 PM
Posted by Administrator
In case you havent heard yet, the Palau Senate defeated Senate Bill 8-44 which would have opened Palaus waters to commercial shark fishing, and at the United Nations on September 25th, President Johnson Toribiong of Palau declared the creation of the world's first National Shark Sanctuary and called for an international ban on shark finning. This was at least in part a response to the petition that was submitted by Shark Savers. Thanks go out to all of you who signed the petition. For more details, see www.sharksavers.org. Now we all should schedule a dive trip to Palau.

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