Friday, February 17, 2017
This is Full Regulator Service on an Aqualung Legend LX Supreme primary ...
Jim, a fellow NAUI Instructor from Discovery Divers Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveryDiversTokyo did a video called, "Discovery Divers Tokyo Vlog #14 - 2nd Stage Regulator Basics" at: https://youtu.be/qyUX0HLGQ7E
Please go watch his video and if you like it, please like and subscribe to his channel...
This is Full Regulator Service on an Aqualung Legend LX Supreme primary 2nd Stage.
I serviced regulators at a dive shop for two year so I asked if he would like to collaborate on a video. Once I left the dive shop, I continued servicing my own regs. I actually enjoy it so much, that I've made regulator servicing part of my Divemaster program. Since a Divemaster will own their own equipment, knowing the in's and out's of their equipment is more than just a good idea, it will keep them diving, help out students and other divers in the event of a mechanical issue.
Where a disclaimer would typically go here, I actually encourage people to learn from a technician that has the time to teach them, and will encourage them to keep learning. Try to do a little servicing at your local dive shop near you and put a few bucks in your pocket, too. For years, the automobile industry adamantly opposed car owners doing their own service. As you know, there are a lot of people doing service on their automobiles. While I don't have statistics on fatalities due to doing one's own maintenance, I would venture a guess that it is infinitesimally small!
The equipment manufacturers in conjunction with dive shops have an opportunity to teach people who buy their product how to keep it running for years and years to come. There is nothing wrong with that. The one thing that the manufacturers know is money. As years go by and good service technicians leave the industry, just like experienced instructors, they might not be replaced by technicians that are as good. That doesn't mean that they can't do an annual regulator service, but what it probably means is they ONLY know what they've been taught, and the nuances of that piece of equipment has been lost -- the service was only adequate...
The regulator is not a complicated device. I know that there is a dive shop out there that teaches an "Advanced Equipment Servicing" course to anyone that buys new equipment from them. Not only do they have that diver returning to their shop to take a specialty course, but they come back to buy parts and tools necessary for the job, will tell their friends, and will even be advocates for buying good quality new or used regulators. There is a lot of garbage out there! Knowing what is good and what is not because you know how it's built is far better than reading an article (probably written and paid for by the manufacturer).
This video is playing back at 6x speed and has some "old-time" banjo music in the background. I'll be doing a narrative of the normal playback and will post that one soon.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy this video!
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