As a diving instructor of almost 4 years I have been one of those professionals who can advise customers where that pesky air leak noise is coming from (a dump valve? a mouthpiece? a bad oRing? – all common culprits) and advise the best way to safely overcome the issue on the boat, albeit once I get back to the dive shop the equipment in question goes on the shelf and the problem is logged and forgotten – passed over to the trusty hands of our Course Director or equipment specialist. I have also delved slightly further into tank cleaning, BCD maintenance, changing SPG orings and 2nd stage reg calibration. Never have I seen inside a complicated 1st stage and it was about time. Enter stage left – Robert: Scubapro equipment specialist.
Brenda had invited Robert, from Scubapro Latin Americas, to hold a Scubapro resort clinic; a course exclusively available to those affiliated with Rich Coast who were sponsoring the event. Scubapro quite rightly don’t want people who are not scuba professionals having access to changing/servicing equipment that is responsible for delivering air to people under water. You may as well give me a football in a penalty knock out round and tell me to go help England win a World Cup: its just going to lead to disaster.
I have been the owner of a Scubapro MK25/S600 Regulator combo (with fries) for most of my diving life. I have always understood the workings of these Hi-Tec systems at an elementary level as this is demanded of me in my work and what I teach, but this week I had the chance to participate in a class and learn exactly how to disassemble, analyse and reassemble a MK2, MK17 and MK25 1st stage reg, in addition to second stages: AIR 2, S600 and A700.
I don’t want to sound biased in anyway but it’s clear why this brand is a market leader. Not only did they patent a lot of the designs used in the dive industry today they have been established since the 1960’s.
We spent 2 and a half days in the classroom learning a lot and drinking too much coffee. However, I have some more to learn in the field before I want to start servicing regs for myself, but hopefully not too much 🙂 Luckily our course director has been doing it for years and I’ve asked if during the next servicing quarter I can review everything I learnt under his close supervision.
Thanks to Robert!
If any of you readers would like to come and talk to us about your Scubapro equipment, we look forward to seeing you.