WHAT’S NEW AT THE DIVE SHOP?
You can feel it in the air — the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and I’m dreaming of dive season!!
JUST A HEADS-UP — THE DIVE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED
MONDAY APRIL 17TH SO WE CAN JET OFF TO THE FLORIDA KEYS!
Speaking of classes – we have tons of them coming up! Start your dive season right – learn something new! Remember, a good diver is always learning! Class dates and times are on the calendar!
Just to get you “in the mood” – I got our Dina Dee Boat charter schedule for the summer!! Check out the calendar for all the dates starting in May!!
Just a friendly reminder –now is the best time to get your gear serviced – BEFORE dive season starts. I’m even extending our gear service special for the month of April. I included a nice little “article” on why you should have your gear serviced regularly. This is important to every diver. Please take a minute to read it.
Psssttttt — guess what’s coming in May>???? It’s our favorite party of the year (hint, this is #9). Save the date for May 13th – it’s going to be awesome!!!
SPRING CLEANING SALE!
We are cleaning out the closets! These are some great deals. Sale is on in-stock items only.
ALL IN STOCK WETSUITS ARE 20-50% OFF. IF WE HAVE YOUR SIZE – BUY IT!!
April Gear Service Special
Let’s start this topic off with the first thing that should always be imprinted into your mind, not only when you take your regulator in for service, but when you pack it away under your dive gear, store it for an extended period of time or wonder if your regulator is overdue for service.
This is your life support system! It is of the same importance as the systems on a space shuttle, it is delivering oxygen rich air to your lungs to control your body’s functions, and we all know what happens without it.
By far this is the MOST important piece of equipment that you own, as reasoned in the above paragraph so we must take care of it accordingly. Your regulator should be serviced annually (with some brands 2-3 years, and we will talk about this shortly) no matter if you have 1 dive or 100 dives. Why? Because your regulator is built of many moving parts, especially o-rings which are made of either Rubber and on most or all newer regulators it will be EPDM (Oxygen Compatible to 40%). After a year the integrity of the o-rings start to diminish and the lubricants start to wear down and become stale. So it’s not a matter of “Oh but I only dove with it 4 times so I can service it in another year”, it’s a time issue. Just like the oil in your car, only good for 3 – 4 months, you wouldn’t think twice about changing the oil in your summer sports car. So which one is more important to you? And why would you want to cut corners in this case.
Taking your regulator in for annual service is not as expensive as you may think, 100 – 200 dollars a year and cheaper with some equipment manufacturers covering the parts for you. Some brands say that you need to service your regulator every two years. I would strongly (emphasis on the strong) advice that you use the following to determine when you take your regulator to your local dive shop. Consider the following:
1. Service your Regulator Annually if you do 1 – 50 dives a year; which is typical of a vacation diver
2. If you are what the SCUBA industry labels as an “active diver” you do 50 – 100 dives a year, and in this case you should service your regulator annually and definitely do not wait two years.
3. Are you in the 100 + range? If so way to go! You should be proud to call yourself a dive-a-holic or dive addict. Get your regulator serviced at least two times a year if you can afford it.
Personally, I teach and dive for my own leisure, so not only do I rely on my gear, so do my students and buddies. This keeps me, my students and my buddies safe.
SPRING MADNESS: BRING YOUR GEAR IN FOR SERVICE RECEIVE EITHER A 10% DISCOUNT ON PARTS AND LABOR OR RECEIVE A FREE REFRESHER ($100 VALUE!)
**Refresher is valid only after gear is serviced. Must be during already scheduled pool time. One per person. No other discounts apply.