scuba repairsDive Equipment – Service & Repairs

We have 25 years of experience servicing dive equipment.

Dive gear is incredibly dependable,  it is life support equipment engineered to take you where humans aren’t designed to go, so this is why it is important to get your dive gear serviced regularly by an expert. Most manufacturers recommend annual servicing which involves a strip, clean and rebuild to ensure safe and reliable performance from your equipment.

The most common issue is that the 2nd stage regulator is free-flowing. This could be just a simple fix, or as is more common it could be a more serious symptom of a first stage failure. A pre-season check will identify the cause of the problem and will ensure that only work that needs to be carried out is undertaken.

If you are in any doubt about how well your gear is working, come and see us for a FREE inspection, we are happy to test your equipment and give you advice.

The Dive Doctor offers full equipment servicing and repairs, this includes servicing for ALL makes of regulator, BCD’s, computers, cylinder testing, O2 cleaning, cylinder shot blasting and painting.  As with all servicing the cost varies depending on what parts are required. We can provide estimates prior to the repair starting.

We do all our own equipment servicing and repairs in our on-site workshop. Let’s face it, when you get your gear serviced it’s good to know that it is being looked after by someone who knows what they are doing. –in fact we do servicing for the NZ Navy, commercial divers, scientific institutes and a number of shops throughout the country.
Our servicing technicians have undertaken manufacturer’s approved  technicians courses for all the brands listed below:

Apeks,  Aqua Lung,  Apollo,  Atomic,  Beuchat, Cressi-sub,  Dacor,  Dive Rite,  Genesis,  Kirby Morgan,  Mares,  Oceanic,  Poseidon,  Diving Systems, ScubaPro,  SeaQuest, Seac-sub, Sherwood,  Sub Gear,  Tusa, US Divers and  Zeagle.

Plus, there is not much that we can’t do with other brands with our years of experience behind us.

Our prices are fair and they reflect the time spent servicing your equipment. It is worth pointing out, that we do not cut corners when it comes to servicing. We only use the manufacturers approved service kits and always replace every part recommended by the manufacturer. This may not make our servicing charges the cheapest around, but at least it gives you the peace of mind that your equipment is being maintained correctly.

Cylinder Testing

It is a legal requirement to have your Scuba Cylinder hydrostatically pressure tested or visually inspected every year.

To check if it is in need of a test, find the most recent date stamped on the top of the cylinder. If the date is more than 12 months old, check if there is a plastic tag with a date around the valve. If there is no plastic tag, then a visual inspection is needed. If the date is more than 24 months old then the cylinder needs a hydrostatic test. It is a good idea to make a note of the date as it is illegal for filling stations to fill an out of date cylinder.

Tips for Regulator Maintenance

If you’ve invested significant money in your dive gear, it’s essential you perform proper maintenance on your regulator. Regular maintenance will prolong the life of your gear and help keep you safe while diving. User maintenance requires that you visually inspect, and clean all the pieces of your kit.

Before your next dive trip, follow the pre-dive steps below to make sure your regulator is safe and ready to dive. At the end of your trip, follow the post-dive steps to keep it in top-notch condition until next time.

Predive:
1. Connect your regulator to a tank when preparing your gear for a dive trip. Take a few breaths from the regulator and a few breaths from the octopus and check the SPG for an accurate reading.
2. Visually inspect all regulator hoses to ensure there are no cracks, holes or tears in the mouthpieces, and check the metal fittings for corrosion.
3. If you use hose protectors, slide them away from the first stage to check beneath them. At the same time, look for corrosion on the metal first stage. Cracks in the hoses or obvious corrosion on any of the regulator’s components require professional service from a qualified technician.
4. Next, disconnect the regulator from the tank, replace the dust cover, inhale on each regulator forcefully and hold a vacuum. Each regulator should let in either a very tiny trickle of air or no air at all.
5. Check each second-stage housing for cracks.

Post dive:

  1. When rinsing your regulator. We strongly suggest you wash your equipment connected to a cylinder with at least 20 BAR of pressure – this prevents water entering the regulator.
  2. Rinse your 1st and 2nd stages by running warm water through them. You can wash water through the 2nd stage regulator mouthpiece and out the exhaust diaphragm.
  3. Rinse the fitting that connects to your low-pressure inflator by working the slip coupling back and forth while holding it under warm running water.

4. Dry all your equipment thoroughly before packing away. If you have a water activated computer this is critical in order to save the battery.