scuba divers the air compressor is an especially valuable tool. Scuba diving enthusiasts the world over know the importance of the scuba air compressor. For it is their lifeline. It is their ability to experience the underwater world that most of us will never know.
The beauty of God's underwater creation is such that only those that wear the scuba gear can thrive in. Dive gear comes in all sorts of apparatuses and clothing to protect the scuba diver while under the depths of the ocean or whatever body of water they choose to explore.
Thus scuba diving is in a class all of it's own, because of the nature of what it takes to explore the depths of the underwater planet. Of all hobbies, scuba diving truly stands alone.
Seeing the Differences
In this article we will explore the divers primary piece of gear. The scuba diving air compressor. Of course this would be for those people who desire to fill their own air tanks for breathing underwater. Most tanks are filled at a scuba diving shop for a nominal price.
The first thing you recognize about the scuba air compressor is, even though it's the same type of compressor that you'd use in your garage or on the job, it is a reciprocating compressor. If you read my other article on the Various Types you would recognize that as piston compressed air.
Safety Techniques, I made mention that you should never inhale the air from and air compressor. The scuba compressor however, is much different.
The Quality is Important
There are special techniques and things that need to be followed in order to make the air from this type compressor breathable. Lets explore these techniques now so if you have one or plan to buy one, you'll know the important points.
One thing about the scuba diving compressor is that it can compress air in the divers tank at a huge 3000 PSI. These tanks are specially made for this type of pressure. This allows the diver to be able to be down under water longer. Because of the extreme amount of air compressed into the tank at one time.
The obvious importance here is the quality of the air your going to be breathing. Scuba air compressors have special filters on them to filter out contaminations of oil and various particles and chemicals. Here are the primary substances that must be filtered out.
- Carbon Monoxide
Water is removed by silica gel filter or also a molecular sieve. Condensation tends to build up where air is enclosed in a small area and must be removed for breathing. Every so often the gas produced by a scuba air compressor should be checked.
Better Safe Than Sorry
The gases that are tested for impurity are...
- Water Vapor
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Lubricating-Oil Vapour
- Odor and Taste
- Solid Particles
I Hate Cramps, Don't You
One other reason for the close monitoring of these chemicals is it directly affects the decompression when rising back up from a deep exploration. Particularly the CO or carbon monoxide because it readily binds to the hemoglobin of the red blood cells and destroys the bloods ability to carry oxygen.
scuba diver rises to fast to the surface after the dive. It is commonly felt by a cramping of the muscles. This can be deadly if to much CO has been ingested during the dive.
It is imperative that you pay close attention to the amounts of the chemicals listed above, that your scuba compressor is creating at all times.
The Wrap Up
These are some of the important things you should know when you own a scuba air compressor. So as to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience each and every time you go for a dive. What I've given you in this article are the basics to scuba compressors.
If you wish to know more there are many places to seek out information here on the internet. Scuba diving is without a doubt one of the most fascinating experiences a human can ever have on earth. My wish is that you have safe and continually safe diving experiences each and every time you go for the wild blue yonder.
By paying close attention to your air compressor that can always be achieved!
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