Today's dive computers are amazingly rugged and built to withstand significant depths and other extremes. However, taking the time to properly care for these high-tech instruments will help ensure their long life and reliable service. Follow these tips to make sure your dive computers are optimally protected and preserved for the duration of their lifespans.
TIPS FOR CARING FOR DIVE COMPUTERS
• Completely rinse with fresh water following every dive, and dry completely with a soft towel to get rid of salt and organic material.
• Provide close attention to metal contacts, regularly cleaning them with a soft toothbrush and mild detergent to remove salt, perspiration, sunscreen and other deposits.
• Follow the manufacturer's recommend service schedule — typically suggesting check-ups every one or two years for calibration, seal check and function check. You want to do everything you can to avoid problems before they ruin your dive vacation.
• Inspect a computer's buckles and wristbands for wear, tear and corrosion. Replace when needed.
• Protect from heat, direct sunlight and chemicals or solvents that can weaken waterproof seals.
• Store in a cool, dry and ventilated area. Avoid storing in damp environments for prolonged periods.
• Pack your dive computer with plenty of padding when traveling, and keep it in your carry-on luggage whenever possible.
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