Scuba Cylinders: When to Take Them for Visual Inspection

Last Updated on May 19, 2021 by Dan

The law regarding inspections

The scuba cylinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment that a diver needs to have. It is also one of the least understood when it comes to safety. The US Federal Law states that all cylinders must be visually inspected every 12 months by a qualified service technician. This blog post will discuss what you should do if your dive center isn’t available for inspection, and how often this inspection should take place.

It’s a question that most scuba divers will ask themselves at some point: when should I take my scuba cylinder to be visually inspected? The answer is, of course, “it depends.” If you are diving for recreational purposes and only dive once or twice every few months, then it might not be necessary. But if you’re diving more than that, or if you have any doubts about the safety of your equipment due to past incidents or other factors, then an inspection may be in order.

A qualified service technician must be visually inspecting your scuba cylinders every 12 months. If you are in the process of moving to a new location or have just moved and need an inspection, make sure that your dive center is aware so they can schedule it for you as soon as possible. When going through this process with a new dive company, it is helpful to provide them with your dive log or copies of the inspection paperwork that you have received from other locations.

The average lifespan for a scuba cylinder is about 12 years, though it can vary depending on how much and what kind of diving. If you are in doubt as to whether or not an inspection might be necessary for your cylinder, you should contact your dive center or a qualified service technician to be sure.

Summary tips:

A qualified service technician must inspect the scuba cylinder every 12 months (by law). If you are in process of moving, it is helpful for them to schedule the inspection as soon as possible which will take place at the new location.

The average lifespan of a cylinder ranges from 11 years if dived often and up to 15 years if rarely used and stored well. You might need an inspection even if not in doubt about whether it’s necessary – so better be safe than sorry!

When asking questions about when they can come out again next year, make sure that your company knows what date range would work best with their schedules; because this may affect what you will need to do when it comes time for your next inspection.

Please also note: if there are any damaged spots on the cylinders’ valves, they will need to undergo a replacement procedure which involves removing them from the tanks since access cannot be gained while still attached – including all emergency ports as well! This is routine maintenance particular cylinder valve replacements; but don’t forget about checking up on these during the first visual inspection.

Do you have any other questions about when to take your scuba cylinders for their annual inspections? Send them our way and we’ll be happy to help get the information you need!

Related Questions:

– When should I bring my scuba cylinder out of storage so that it can undergo a visual inspection with the dive center?

– What if there is damage on one of the valves, but not all four valve ports have been damaged?