SCUBA manufacturers are generally reticent to publish any more detailed scheduled maintenance guidelines for their equipment other than to‘service annually.
Meeting with several manufacturers’ representatives to try and obtain more detailed servicing information, based on numbers of dives & hours of use, revealed the following information – (be sure to bear this in mind when deciding on how often you service your own or your dive operations equipment).
SCUBA equipment contain rubber o-rings that perish, dry out and develop cracks as time goes by. Even if a regulator, for example, is not used, once it is a few years old, all the o-rings will need replacing.
SCUBA regulators contain parts that are subject to wear and tear every time a breath is taken from the regulator. Thus, many parts will need replacing once a certain number of dive hours have been logged.
SCUBA gear is life support equipment and typically designed for recreational diving use. Since diving is an expensive activity, most divers have a real job and work 5 days a week. They, therefore, only get a chance to dive at weekends. A busy recreational diver will likely spend Saturday with his family and, with luck, will be able to go diving on Sunday where he’ll do 2 dives, lasting under an hour each. Thus, for an acceptable annual service, SCUBA regulator manufacturers design their product to meet the requirements of this hypothetical weekend diver – to be able to survive (52 weekends x 2) = 104 dives and (52 weekends x2) 104 hours supplying divers breathing gas.
SCUBA regulators are NOT designed for 24 hour/day use!
We service all equipment we sell with factory trained technician, making sure all factory warranties stay intact.