Scuba Gear Storage Solutions
If you’re considering building, modernizing, or retrofitting storage areas for aquatic gear, scuba gear storage is the way to go.
A ventilated drying locker features durable construction that can withstand frequent use, drying capabilities, and provides secure storage. Many facilities require high-quality lockers and other air-drying racks or storage shelves to ensure wet gear and diving supplies dry out completely.
It’s of the utmost importance to thoroughly clean, care for, and store gear not only for longevity but also for safety. While it might be tempting to store wet gear in a bag between dives, this can cause mold, mildew, and other damage. For example, saltwater has severely damaging effects on neoprene. It can also crystalize in your gear’s tiniest crevices. That crystallization can cause deterioration and reduce the quality of your equipment.
Understanding Scuba Storage
If diving gear stays in the sun, that could cause colors to fade, fabrics and rubber to stiffen, and fabrics and rubber to become brittle and fragile. Saltwater can cause fabrics and rubber to break down. It can also oxidize metal, which results in rusting. If rust is present, that can cause fabrics to rot. Damage can also occur if fabrics have exposure to fuel and lubricants. While that issue is less common, it isn’t impossible.
Cleaning and storing scuba equipment involves removing all chemicals and salt and ensuring the gear dries completely on racks or ventilated drying lockers. Make sure the gear dries out of the way of direct sunlight and in a dry area.
Ventilated drying lockers feature designs specifically for:
- Quick and effortless drying of wet gear and diving supplies
- Secure and anti-theft measures thanks to the handle’s padlock hasp
- Providing safe storage thanks to its anti-tipping design
- The prevention of mold and mildew growth thanks to the unit’s perforation
Why Facilities Should Use Scuba Storage
When facilities take care of gear, that increases its longevity for many years without sacrificing its quality. Conversely, if no one takes care of scuba equipment the way it should be, it can cause early deterioration and equipment breakdown. Before long-term storage can occur, every piece of the dive equipment needs a thorough rinsing with freshwater, and it must dry out completely. Drying involves laying gear out flat on air-drying racks or storage shelves or putting everything in ventilated lockers.
Facilities need to dry out wet suits, protective gear, and more. There are also instances when oversized gear also needs to dry out. Proper care and storage involve facilities following several steps, including:
- Thoroughly washing and drying all gear before storing it: Start the cleaning process by rinsing gear in warm freshwater. This step removes chemicals, debris, and salt from diving equipment. Eliminate unwanted odors using commercial conditioners on diving supplies. Before putting anything into long-term storage, ensure it dries out completely.
- Don’t forget about service: Some parts of dive gear needs a trained technician to inspect and service them. Examples include the BCD, regulator, and tank. Manufacturers require annual maintenance and servicing to keep gear within its warranty. Before putting gear into long-term storage, it’s ideal for servicing to occur to prevent contaminants from breeding and developing into hard deposits.
- Use ventilated lockers to store gear: Ideally, facilities should store gear in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area with a consistent temperature. Avoid storing gear in attics or garages. The main reason is that these storage areas have exposure to chemical or gasoline fumes, dust, mildew, and temperature fluctuations. Each of these issues can cause damage to gear.
How Ventilated Drying Lockers Improve Efficiency
Promoting adequate airflow for scuba storage starts with the incorporation of ventilated drying lockers within a facility. The increase in ventilation creates optimal drying conditions for gear and diving supplies. In doing so, there’s less worry about damage occurring, mold building up, or parts deteriorating.
No matter if it’s a locker for a law enforcement agency’s scuba equipment and dive supplies or a facility that gives diving lessons, there must be an efficient storage system in place. While the ultimate goal is keeping gear in top-quality condition, increasing storage efficiencies also ensures facilities know what’s in storage and its location. Inventories, before anything goes into storage, should include the following examples:
- Depth gauge: This gauge is essential for determining the maximum depth a diver reaches and tells divers where they are when there’s low visibility
- Diving masks: Make sure they’re clean, there’s no moisture in crevices and no debris on the straps
- Drysuit or wetsuit: The neoprene must not have any salt or chemicals on it before it dries out for storage
- Fins: Efficiency and comfort rank as top priorities with fins so, if they’re not clean and free of salt or other chemicals, that can compromise their comfort and integrity
- Regulator: Because this device helps divers breathe, they must be in the best working condition
- Scuba gloves: These gloves offer warmth and protection while divers are underwater, so they must be free of debris, salt, and other contaminants that could cause them to deteriorate
- Scuba tank: In addition to drying the exterior of the tank out, make sure serving occurs to ensure it’s maintaining the correct pressure rating
Benefits and Features of Scuba Storage
Professionals within many industries face challenges regarding keeping gear clean, free of bacteria, and in good working order. Because diving gear has many pieces, it’s challenging to know what’s in an inventory and its location unless there’s an organized storage solution in place. That’s where the benefit of using ventilated drying lockers for scuba storage comes into play. Not only is diving gear easily accessible, but these storage systems are also efficient and secure.
Additional benefits include:
- Hanging rods to accommodate soaked gear that needs air drying
- Air-drying racks or storage shelves
- High-security three-point latching system that includes padlock hasp
- Stainless steel drip trays
- Ideal for wet suits and dive gear
- Interior hooks offer additional hanging space
Additional features include:
- Available with or without legs
- Heavy-duty steel frame construction
- Secure, perforated doors
- High-capacity shelving
- Optimal ventilation for drying soaked equipment
How Scuba Gear Storage Benefits the Military
Scuba gear must be clean, in optimal working condition, and organized during military exercises and operations. Tragedies can occur if these systems malfunction or are missing parts. That’s why military bases must find the best storage solutions for their gear.
In addition to having a sturdy frame, these storage solutions must offer space optimization, handle a significant amount of weight, and provide flexibility. For example, as needs change and divings supplies are added or taken away from the area, storage shelves and hangers must be able to move and reposition as necessary. Scuba equipment storage solutions for the government, military, and private sectors is beneficial for the following reasons:
- Save floor space where storage availability is at a premium.
- Mount air dry racks on casters for added mobility
- Maximize storage space within the same footprint
- Streamline inventory and organizational processes
Technical Specifications and Design
As the need for the use of diving gear for entertainment, disaster preparedness, and military or law enforcement professionals continues to increase, so is the need for better material-handling solutions that allow for optimal drying and storage. It isn’t uncommon for facilities to use in-house engineering teams. Architects and designers provide innovative diving gear storage solutions to the athletic, educational, law enforcement, medical, and military industries, and more.
General Technical Specifications:
- Heavy-duty welded steel construction
- Full-width shelving
- Hanger frame or rod
- Gear hooks
Air-Drying Storage Solutions
It isn’t uncommon for aquatic facilities, law enforcement agencies, military bases, and other facilities to need ventilating drying lockers to prevent bacteria, mildew, and mold growth on dive gear. Implementation of gear storage solutions reduces instances of those issues occurring and the damage that could result. The technical specifications for each of these solutions vary by height, storage capacity, weight, and more. Here are two examples:
Model: TA-50 Wire Military Locker: #SMS-41-FG-TA50AS-S-MB
- Dimensions: 3’6″ Wide x 2′ Deep x 6’6″ High
- Door handles: 16-gauge steel metal door plate featuring padlock lugs and a three-point locking system.
- Frame construction: 14-gauge steel bottom, door, and top frame construction; 11-gauge steel side frame construction
- Interior amenities: 5/8″ round steel hanger rod and three chrome hooks
- Shelves: 16-gauge flanged sheet metal to increase stability
- Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
Model: Wall Mounted Ventilated Gear Lockers: #SMS-115-GL-2472-18-TDFL
- Construction: 16 gauge steel all-welded construction, perforated sides, and four-inch legs
- Dimensions: 2′ Wide x 1’6″ Deep x 6’4″ High
- Doors: Lockable top and bottom compartments using padlock lugs
- Door handles: T-handle with two keys mounted on a perforated door
- Interior amenities: Coat rod with two side coat hooks
- Weight: 163 pounds
With expert designers on staff, facilities can experience integrating scuba equipment storage solutions within their existing footprint. Implementing scuba storage into an existing building design involves several architectural and design phases.
Architectural and design phases:
- Spec creation after a thorough site evaluation
- CAD drawings
- Presentation of plans
- Project integration with existing systems
- Installation of gear lockers
Storage Solutions for Scuba Gear
Southwest Solutions Group® provides innovative design and installation solutions for scuba gear storage. Their expertise extends to the best uses and storage options for your diving equipment. Contact one of our design professionals at 1-866-446-3109 or send us a message. They’ll help you decide which scuba storage solution is ideal for your facility.