Regulator Servicing Issues

When servicing regulators we find all sort’s of problems with equipment. On the whole most regulators are well looked after and cared for by our customers. Well it is life support equipment for you whilst underwater.
There are some very simply checks that can be done.
Here is a example where 2 holes have appeared in an old well used mouthpiece on a secondary regulator. These holes will cause a wet breathe by an unsuspecting diver in an out of air situation.
The 2nd (black) mouthpiece have degradation of the rubber from age, causing it to crack and become brittle.
Check your dive equipment regularly, ideally immediately before a dive for functionality and any obvious faults. This problem here is a matter of simply changing the mouthpiece.

Carry a small spares kit with you for quick personal repairs.
The 1st photo shows cracks (the left regulator is cracked the right is a new replacement) that are internal and only identified on a service.
All our equipment servicing includes a full internal inspection for faulty or failing parts and replaced bringing the equipment back to manufacturers specific standards.

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What do we do on our Regulator Service

Our customers have asked us what’s involved in our Regulator servicing.
Here’s a short clip showing the basic steps.
It’s obviously much more involved and depending on the model can take several hours to complete a thorough strip down, service, clean and rebuild using only bonafide manufacturers supplied service kit’s.
The same applies to BCD’s and Dive computers.
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Servicing BCD’s

When should a BCD be serviced?

A common question I have from customers is.
“Should I get my BCD serviced as well as my regulators?”
The simple answer is yes.

Problems we have come across over the years is divers having uncontrolled ascents due to sticky/stuck inflators or letting by air causing a slow inflation of the BCD or leak’s from the inflator mechanism.

BCD servicingThe picture here show’s what happens to the inflator nipple (Schrader valve) if it is not serviced on a regular basis.
The right one is a new one, the left is 2 years old.
How often should the BCD be serviced? Most manufacturers recommend every year, some do say a 2 year period, so check with us or read through your instruction manual that comes with your BCD.
This Schrader came out of a BCD serviced this week and unfortunately not a rare occasion. I see these in poor condition in 1 in 6-8 bcd’s.
What can you do to help reduce some of these issues. Ensure thorough rinsing of the inside of the BCD bladder and externally with warm water. Use the inflate deflate buttons to release the rinse water from the BCD, this helps wash some of the salt residues out that speed up the degradation of the working parts.
It’s also worthwhile to point out here that the manufacturers kits used in BCD servicing include all required service parts.

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Regulator & Equipment Servicing

Have your regulators been serviced recently.
It’s concerning to still see Apeks regulators coming in that have been serviced and not had the 2nd stage diaphragms changed.
This is a required update by Apeks that has been in place for over 10 years.
The diaphragm on the right is the old diaphragm that must be removed and replaced with a new one, shown on left.
The old ones tear easily causing a wet breath and the plastic disk misshapes.
You can see the tear in the middle photo and the misshaped disk in the 1st photo.

This regulator had been serviced recently in the United States and we have now upgraded it to the current diaphragm.

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Tec 45 Diver qualifies at Stoney Cove

Well done to Gary McFarlane who qualified as a Tec 45 diver today at Stoney Cove with Course Director Robert Varns.

The weather was not kind to us today with wind and rain but that didn’t put the dampeners on the diving. Gary worked  very well through all his skills with a few minor issues but my attitude is if nothing goes wrong you don’t necessarily learn anything in diving. As imple saying is “CANI”… Constant and Neverending Improvement.

Superb execution of dive planning and our missions for the two dive tours was to visit the Stangarth Tug boat wreck and the Helicopter.
Visibility was not the usual high quality that Stoney offers with a max of around 4 metres at it best. With no sunshine there was little light in 30 metres, so torches were essential.
Interesting how fast the water temperature dropped on descent with a mild 17 degrees in the shallows dropping right down to 8 degree’s below 27 metres. That’s a 1 degree drop every 3 metres. Bbbbrrrr..
Glad we had decided to switch back  to Drysuits for today’s dives. It’s been lovely diving wetsuit all through the glorious summer.  Drysuits today were essential for thermal protection at Stoney in this temp.

During our two dive tours we had large Pike, hundreds of Perch and large Roach, just to make the dive more interesting. It’s Gary’s 1st visit to Stoney and his view was “I will be back”.

Roll on the Tec 50  course soon and once again congratulation’s Gary.

Also thank you for our ever superb surface support from Carol who kept us supplied with Stoney’s Egg/Sausage & Bacon Cobbs and Hot Chocolate drinks.


Diving Stoney Cove Thursday 20th September 2018


We are diving Stoney Cove next Thursday 20th September 2018.

Anyone wishing to join us there for a dive is welcome. Just email us for info.

Robert will be teaching Tec 45 dives 3 & 4 with student/s however it’s a great day to come along and buddy up for a dive or 2.


Lot’s of features underwater at 3 different levels. There are some huge Pike with many perch and roach swimming in shoals. Crayfish to be found in the rocks and crannies.

Diving Leybourne Sept 2019

Time for some more Sidemount diving


Cracking 2 morning dives yesterday and today at Leybourne.Getting sidemount configurations set up with Colin for some pleasure tec dives. As always there’s a certain amount of “faffing” over a couple of dives getting everything set “just right” for comfort and stability.
Then found the 2 sides vary in cylinder weight by ½ kilo and enough to put the trim out. Must remember for next dive to use 2 equal weight cylinders.
Thank you Colin for 2 great dives. Lovely to see James and helen in for a bubble and checking drysuit seals.
Yesterdays viz was better around 4+ metres and a lovely 19 degrees. Today’s viz dropped back to around 1-3 metres and patchy due to the late August algae blooming again.

Wreck Evening Boat Dive (Pentrych)

Our next evening wreck dive is the Pentrych, departing Brighton Marina with skipper Steve Johnson on Channel Diver,  Thursday 14th June.
Ropes away 17:30 sharp.
Advised to arrive on boat for 16:45.

Max depth 20 metres.

Details here:

This 3.382 ton British Steamer with a cargo of coal was sunk on 18 April 1918 by a torpedoed from the German submarine UB 40, she sunk to a depth of 22mtrs.
She is a good dive for novices with parts of the wreck standing some stands 7m high from the sea bed.
Although she is a well dived wreck, keep an eye out for the odd souvenir and have you seen the big gun on the stern, I have. The stern lays on its starboard side with the gun laying level with the seabed and pointing backwards towards the prop.

Telephone Dive Machine during normal working hours to book your place.
Tel:01732-773553 or email  Pentrych Dive 

£30 per diver. This is for PADI AOW or equivalent.

If you need kit hire, let us know at time of booking.

Brighton Pier Evening Boat Dive

Brighton Pier Evening Dive £25

Thursday 7th June at 17:30–19:30

Enjoy a pier dive from the comfort of a boat. Get dropped beside the pier and get picked up by Channel Diver on the opposite side of the pier.

Enjoy congor eels, starfish, mussels, tom pot blennies, scorpion fish, pipe fish and much much more.
Max depth 12 metres.

You need full equipment, a dive knife rerecommended on this dive, SMB an torch.

Ropes away 18:00 sharp.

To secure your place please call dive machine on 01732-773553 or email

Diving Vobster Quay 13th May

We are off to Vobster Quay this weekend. We will be diving Sunday 13th May.

It’s time to go and visit the new helipcopter that was positioned in the lake earlier this year, as well as taking a tour around all the other favourites including, the tunnel, crushing works and the airplane.

We will be doing Advanced open water and Tec training dives however anyone that wishes to join in the diving for the day to come and blow some bubbles is welcome to come along.
This is a great dive site for Advanced open water divers.

Watch out for our schedule of evening boat dives for late May and June coming shortly.

Looking for 2nd hand equipment? We have cylinders, regulators’s, BCD’s, wetsuits, drysuits dive bag’s and lot’s more now available to purchase at very low prices. EMAIL – US
Come grab yourself a bargain.

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