Checking Scuba Tanks for Hydro Dates
Checking scuba tanks for hydro dates is critical in the scuba diving industry. “SCUBA” stands for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.” Scuba cylinders contain the air that is your life support underwater. It is important for tanks to be inspected and safe to ensure your safety while diving. Each tank has a series of codes on it and each has inspection and testing stickers. If those are out of date, no responsible, reputable dive shop will refill the tank. Visual inspections are required at least once per year to check for cuts, dents, stress lines, bulges, plating condition, a current hydrostatic test date, and signs of general abuse outside, and pits, corrosion, coating defects, neck cracks, and thread integrity inside. The inspector will also check for potential manufacturers’ recalls. If all is well, the inspectors puts the tank back together and applies a new sticker.
Hydrostatic testing (hydros) is required every five years. This test must be conducted by a certified technician and essentially determines whether the tank is structurally sound and will not burst under pressure.
Venice Dive Center provides a variety of services to keep you diving and safe. We send our tanks for Hydro Inspections, which need to be done every 5 years. Visuals are done in the store, checking the exterior, interior and threads. Staff can also clean your air tank to switch it to a nitrox tank, as well as apply nitrox wrap (sticker). O-rings can be changed out as needed.
Air fills are available at Venice Dive Center (both air and nitrox). Our nitrox banks are 36%, but can be mixed to lower percent for deeper dives. The shop also has both air and nitrox tanks available for rent.
Brandon is here to explain how to check your dive cylinder for service dates. Be sure to visit www.venicedivecenter.com to see how we can help you with your underwater needs.