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YOUR SERVICE STOP Tech Notes and more

The Service Stop is like planning your Safety Stop.............

Planning your equipments "Service Stop" is part of your good dive planning - just like your 15 feet, 3 minute Safety Stop. From the first dive your planning -"Do we take one, do we not take one?", but after the first dive you need to be completing your Safety Stop.

It's the same with your Dive gear

From the purchase of your new dive gear a Service Stop on your dive gear needs to be planned. Here is some information and a few guide lines to help you get in the water.



Schedule service - If the regulator is in good working order, it is permissible with most brands of regulators to overhaul it every other year with an inspection procedure being performed on the "off" years. For example Year #1: Inspection, Year #2: Overhaul, Year #3: Inspection, Year #4: Overhaul, and so on. Both Inspections and overhauls are documented to keep the Limited Lifetime Warranty of your regulator in effect.


Annual Inspection.......... $55.00

This is an examination of the complete Regulator assembly. No repairs are performed at this time however minor cleaning, tuning or adjustment may be completed to ensure proper and safe operation of your regulator. If repairs are required the customer will either have previously agreed to Overhaul Service or will have indicated they be notified before a regulator overhaul can be completed. Aquatic World performs this inspection according to Manufacturer Specification. All Aquatic World authorized Technicians maintain current Certifications and Training specific to the regulator they are working on in addition to their years of experience.

The inspection entails an 8 point testing program

  • Test 1 Pressurized Immersion Test - Pressurize and submerge unit to inspect for leaks
  • Test 2 1st Stg Medium Pressure Check - verify stable Medium Pressure is within range prescribed by Manufacturer
  • Test 3 2nd Stg Opening Effort - verify O.E., also known as Cracking Pressure, is within range prescribed by Manufacturer
  • Test 4 Smooth Operation of Knob and Venturi Switch/Lever - all external mechanisms should operate smoothly
  • Test 5 Inspect Filter - check for debris and discoloration
  • Test 6 Inspect 2nd Stg Exhaust Valve - check valve and sealing surface for cleanliness, shape and seal
  • Test 7 Inspect Mouthpiece - Inspect for tears, cracks or holes. Replace when necessary
  • Test 8 Hose Inspection - all hose protectors pulled back, check that hoses are not pulling out of have crimps or blistering

Note: If the regulator fails Test 1, 2, 3 or 4,the entire regulator should be overhauled. If a regulator fails 5, 6, 7 or 8, it is up to the technician's discretion whether or not a full overhauls is required.

If servicing overhaul is recommended by Aquatic World Service Department and is declined by the customer it is Understood and agreed by the customer that neither Aquatic World authorized Service Technician's, Aquatic World Dive Center, nor PADI Americas, Inc., nor its affiliated and subsidiary corporations, nor any of their respective employees, officers, agents, contractors or assigns may be held liable or responsible in any way for any injury, death or other damages to persons, their family, estate, heir or assigns that may occur as a result of operation of identified equipment recommended for additional servicing or as a result of negligence of any party, including the Released Parties, whether passive or active.


Complete Overhaul........1st Stage $35.00, 2nd Stage $30.00, Alternate 2nd Stage $30.00, Inflator Airource Overhaul $38.00 (Plus parts kit if not under warranty)

This is a complete overhaul of your regulator. 1st stage, primary 2nd stage and Octo or AirSourc/AirLink. Everything is completely disassembled, inspected, cleaned and required parts replaced.

  • Only a direct Manufacture Parts Kit is used
  •      Diaphragm, o-rings, high-pressure seat, medium-pressure seat, and filters
  • Heated Ultrasonic Cleaners - The combination of a special solution and Ultra Sonic Waves allow us to remove all corrosion and help extend the life of your regulator. This procedure also removes excess lubrication residue such as silicone grease that can be dangerous when using Enriched Air Nitrox.
  • All parts, case, springs and valves inspected and replaced if required (Additional cost may apply on these items)
  • Oxygen compatible lubricants applied
  • Once Re-Assembled your regulator undergoes testing and tuning to Manufacturer Specifications.
  •      Medium Pressure calibration
  •      Opening Effort calibration
  •      Immersion Testing
  •      Hoses and fittings inspected and replaced if required



Visual Inspections - Every Year..........$22.00 includes air fill

This is an examination of the cylinder, internally and externally, for corrosion or damage.  If it is determined that a cylinder needs servicing, Aquatic World can provide the appropriate services to bring the cylinder to industry standards. DOT requires a visual inspection on solid-walled scuba cylinders every time a tank is hydro-statically tested, as well as once a year. All other cylinders require visual inspection only during hydrostatic test. Once determined passable, a sticker on the tank will record the tank as having passed.

Hydrostatic Testing - Every 5 Years..........Aluminum tank $28.00 includes Eddy Current, Steel tank $38.00 (Includes air fill)

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires a hydrostatic test on all solid-walled scuba cylinders every five years. Aquatic World can perform that required hydrostatic testing.

This test requires that we fill cylinder with water, immerse it in water and pressurize it to five-third’s of its working pressure to determine the elasticity of the cylinder walls. The cylinder is allowed to expand up to 10 percent. If it expands more than 10 percent, or it physically fails in the testing process, it is removed from service. Current policy requires the test facility to stamp it “condemned” and stamp out the DOT information. The cylinder will then be returned to the customer. If the cylinder passes, a date stamp in the shoulder of the tank will record the tank as having passed.

As of January of 1990, Luxfer changed the alloy in their aluminum tanks to match the same standard of other manufacturers. It is the policy of Aquatic World and that of our Hydrostatic Testing Facility that

All Luxfer's 6351-T6 aluminum alloy cylinders with a date older than 1990 even with the post production 3AL stamp, will not be taken in for HYDRO Testing. This policy effects only this specific tank model,At This Time.

Visual Eddy Current Inspections - Every 5 Years..........
This form of non-destructive testing using an Eddy current, looks for cracks or imperfections in the neck of aluminum cylinders. In New York State - All cylinders require an Eddy current test every five years in addition to their five-year hydrostatic test because there has been sustained stress crack loading around the threaded valve connection and neck of cylinders. In New York State - All aluminum tanks are required to be Eddy current tested.


We can perform all necessary servicing on all your gear

  • COMPUTER TESTING  -  $8.00 plus cost of battery
  • BCD TESTING  -  $15.00 plus cost of parts is needed

To help insure total satisfaction we invite you to use a FREE pool practice within two weeks after your gear service is finished. To set up your session, just call ahead. Remember to bring in your certification card if it's your first time in CNY's only

~~~ On Site Dive Pool~~~.

Try the Pool


If you have questions about servicing any of your Dive Equipment call us at 315.458.1955 or stop by the shop

Just off Taft Road 

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