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Keep yourself and your gear safe from Covid-19 with new DiveStock Disinfectant

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Stay safe with our Disinfectant

In today's times of constant change one thing seems to stay constant - the necessity for disinfection. This step is important on both personal and professional level. We would like to think that every professional, especially businesses with a higher client turnover, such as diving and water sports centers, fitness gyms, hotels, etc., take their business seriously and show care, responsibility and respect for their clients. With this in mind, we'd like to introduce DiveStock's own solution - Disinfectant for Water Sports Equipment.

Our disinfectant spray is 70% ethanol-based which kills viruses and bacteria in an instant and it doesn't damage your gear. This spray works wonders on scuba diving regulator mouthpieces, snorkels, wetsuits, paddleboard and surfboards, beach chairs, jet skies, fitness center equipment, indoor climbing holds, boxing bags, basketballs and a million other surfaces you can think of... don't use it on the face, though.

It's lightweight and easy to use, so next time you decide to go diving, surfing or to the basketball court, just put it in your backpack and reach for it when needed.

When it comes to diving gear, our disinfectant is one of the most effective solutions offered today, but let's not forget about other important steps you can take to keep your equipment safe, clean and long-lasting.

How to maintain and protect the rest of your diving equipment...

1. Mask, Snorkels and Fins

Make sure your mask and snorkel don't have any damage or tears, especially on the masks silicone skirt. If you've discovered any damage, jump for a moment into the water before the actual dive to ensure that there's no major leakage, otherwise it might get to an annoying point where you have to clean your mask every few minutes. If this scenario is too familiar to you then maybe it's time for a new mask.

If you're not a big de-fog spitter, there are quite a few anti-fog products available:

After each dive make sure to properly clean your mask, snorkel and fins in fresh warm water and let them dry - you don't want any mold growing in them. It's advisable to keep your mask in the box it came with in order to avoid any potential damage such as getting scratches on the lenses. As for the fins, make sure nothing is pressing them so that the original shape remains. And if the buckle got damaged don't be in a hurry to get rid of the fins, check if there are replacements available first.

2. Wetsuit

Soak your wetsuit in warm water for a few minutes and thoroughly rinse afterward. For a more effective wash use specially designed detergents, such as Fourth Element Sub-30 Technical Garment Wash or McNett Wet & Dry Suit Shampoo. Turn the wetsuit inside out and repeat. Make sure it's dry on both sides before storing. Neoprene is prone to damage by ozone and UV so, when storing, avoid direct sunlight and use a hanger with a bar which allows you to fold your wetsuit in half over the waistline or hang on a wide shoulder hanger to avoid neoprene stretch.

If your wetsuit happen to have gotten a tear on the seam, which is the most common place due to the stress, it's possible to prolong its life with special neoprene glues. Here are a few options:

3. BCD and Regulator

Check that BCD and regulator are working properly before the dive. If the regulator is rental be sure it has been disinfected.

Taking care of your BCD might be a little more time consuming, but is required in order to keep it clean, safe and working properly. And it's cheaper than buying a new one.

Once you've finished your dive, take all the air out and let the BCD soak in warm water. If you have the time, make it 20-30 minutes. You can use the same detergents as for the wetsuit.

While the BCD is soaking rinse both regulator and octopus with fresh water particularly mouthpieces and don't forget to put on a dry protective cap on the first stage.

As soon as time is up with the BCD rinse thoroughly multiple times. Now it's time to take care of the inside - fill about a half with fresh water and use a manual inflator to orally blow some air into the bladder. Shake the BCD and rinse the water out through all the dump valves as well as the inflator hose by pressing the BCD and turning it upside down. Repeat if necessary. After all the water is out again inflate your BCD orally up to about a half of its volume and let it dry avoiding direct sunlight. Use special hangers for easier and more organized storage.

And don't forget to maintain your regulator at a dive center once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Tanks

Inspect your tank visually before going underwater. As with other diving equipment rinse everything with fresh water after the dive. Leave some air in the tank and store it in a cool place in order to keep the moisture out.

Bring your tank to a dive center for a visual inspection annually and for a pressure control once every five years or according to the manufacturer's instructions.

5. Alternative Storage Options

As mentioned previously, it's advisable to store your diving gear away from direct sunlight and in a cool place. If you're short on space as an alternative it's possible to purchase a travel bag (which will come in handy for your travels, of course) and keep the gear in it. Check out some options below.

The bottom line is - rinse everything in fresh water after the dive, dry before storing and disinfect.

Stay safe, folks!

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