INFORMATION FOR DIVERS : DON’T FORGET TO REVISE AND RINSE YOUR REGULATOR
(at the end of this page you shall find information about ultrasonic bins and revisions made by SCUBA DREAM)

There is a lot of talk about potential risks during the practice of diving regarding decompression sickness, barotrauma and hypothermia, but what’s about microbial contamination of the regulators ?

After each dive, the regulator should be rinced in fresh water, but in most cases the regulator is rinsed in the same bin as the suits, boots and BC. The use of rinsing water with salt and dirt in the bin allows to eliminate superficially bacteria, however, a cursory look at the water in the bin reveals a proliferation of bacteria in the brack water. This practice, instead of cleaning your regulator, leads more often to contaminate it with bacteria.

The regulator is then stored in in a bag with the BC and the rest of the equipment. The germs sourced from the water and the regulator proliferate in this warm and humid environment. Few divers are conscious of the importance of disinfecting the regulator and the revision during which the regulator is disinfected is not often performed.

A warm and humid environment provides optimal conditions for bacteria and fungus. Besides environmental micro-organisms, the part of the regulator in contact with the air flow serves as an area of colonisation of bacteria coming from the respiratory hose. The defence cells of the organism to eliminate them are here absent. Even if the drying out effect which occurs in parallel results in the elimination of many pathogens, those surviving are only becoming stronger. The dryness of the respiratory hose complicates the work of the immun system. That’s the reason why the conditions of proliferation of microbes are met.

It is shocking to notice that a regulator having been checked a month ago shows already numerous pathogens. Besides the microbes in the respiratory system, microbes such as enterobacteriaceae, diarrhea, dysentery may also appear.The tourista (traveler’s diarrhea or traveler’s dysentery or tourist diarrhea) is caused in many cases by the contamination of the regulator rather than through food poisoning. The most problematic bateria are those which occur rarely and which, in case of an infection, are difficult to treat with traditional antibiotics.

The regulators must be disinfected every week to stay clean. Regulators hired from a diving center must be cleaned before being used. Appropriate storage of the regulator is a supplementary precaution. In case of an infection which does not respond well to a treatment, the multiplication of bacteria in the regulator considered previously as without risk must be taken into consideration.

Not all disinfectants are suitable for diving equipment. It is necessary to carry out a thorough cleaning before diving. A REVISION AND CLEANING provides protection against bacteria, virus, fungi, tuberculosis and HIV. Mouthpiece, tubes and hoses must be sprayed and rinsed with fresh water.

How to disinfect properly ?

    1.Rinse the regulator with fresh water after each dive
    2.Disinfect the regulator at least once a week
    3.Store the regulator in a dry and cool area
    4.Revise the regulator once a year

GOOD BUBBLES – SCUBA EXTRACT- SUMMARY OF THE DAN JOURNAL (DIVING ALERT NETWORK) 7.04

In 2007 a DAN article reveals that microbial contamination by diving regulators indeed exists. All divers must ensure to properly maintain their regulators. To dive safely, we recommend that you revise your equipment every year (standard exchange kits as indicated by the supplier) and to rinse your regulator in clean water after each dive. Attention to the pee bins provided in foreign diving centers allowing rinsing of diver’s suit (someone may already have used the bin to pee….)

FOR INFORMATION – YOUR REVISIONS AT SCUBA DREAM

For several years already and according to the advice from the technicians of our suppliers, SCUBA DREAM DOES NOT USE ULTRASONIC BINS to revise the regulators, EACH PART IS CLEANED BY HAND, ONE AFTER THE OTHER USING A SPECIAL ANTI-BACTERIAL PRODUCT.

A REVISION TAKES TIME