Last weekend I was on a 1.5 day Equipment Care course taught by Mitch Horn of BSAC NZ. The course was intended to go through the following topics:
- Features of SCUBA diving equipment
- Maintenance and servicing
- Fault-finding and rectification
- What you can do yourself
- What to leave to the specialist
We started off looking at basic equipment such as masks, snorkels, fins. Then we moved on to cylinders where we found out what is involved in doing a visual inspection, as well as what sort of things the inspectors are looking out for. We also looked at regulators, computers, compasses. Next up were exposure suits, both wetsuits and drysuits, followed by BCDs, weights and weight belts. Finally we looked at accessories such as torches, knives and line cutters, reels and spools, SMBs, delayed SMBs, etc. In each case, Mitch explained and demonstrated the various types of equipment available, how to look after them, how to diagnose and fix simple problems, and what to leave to the experts.
He then went on to suggest what should be in a “Save-A-Dive” kit, and went through some of the things in his tool box.
The second day was more of a workshop format, where we looked at various pieces of kit that people had brought in, such as a leaky pressure gauge, and Rita’s drysuit neck seal which needed some attention.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it gave me a much better understanding of how things work. It was an excellent mix of theory and practical, with a workshop that gave us plenty of chance to look at any of our own equipment that we had questions about or problems with.
I’d like to thank Mitch and Jacqui for all their hard work in preparing the course and the course materials.