Hello Friends and Divers!
In a nutshell: We are HAPPY to rent you gear, but Until your home area is open for business we will hold off on class until your local health depart has deemed it safe. If your area is open for business and your are comfortable with preceding with your training, we would love to teach you. Here is how we do our part to keep you safe.
Our existing cleaning procedures far exceed the “standards and improved guidance” given by government agencies, but here is how it breaks down so you can decide for yourself.
Here are those procedures:
Air is cleaned and filtered as it passes through the compressor system and the 3-phase air filter.
1. Emulsifying solution mixes with the air as it enters the compressor, this solution acts as a lubricant for the air as it is compressed, it also removes all water and particles (pollen, dust and biological agents) once the emulsified air is compressed, the air passes through 3 extraction chambers that remove 99% of the mixture from the gas. It is then filtered to remove the remaining solution.
2. The now pure gas is passed through a 5,000 PSI catalyst that binds to carbon monoxide removing it from the compressed air.
3. The air is again filtered as it passes through the activated charcoal filter that removes any remaining volatile gasses, leaving us with a pure 21% O2, 78% Nitrogen, 1% other gasses.
Rental gear is cleaned with an Industrial Disinfectant Virucidal Cleaner (octyl decyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride) this kills Viruses, Fungus, Bacteria and removes any smells; after every use gear is allowed to dry before being returned to stock, this prevents the risk of cross contamination.
Wetsuits and weights are cleaned using an Industrial Disinfectant Virucidal Cleaner this kills Viruses, Fungus, Bacteria and removes any smells.
Regulators are washed in the Industrial Disinfectant Virucidel Cleaner then rinsed and dipped in a 5-10% bleach solution and left to dry.
Tanks and Air fills: Since the inside of a tank is never exposed to the outside environment the remaining air and interior of the tank is “clean.” To prevent new elements from entering the tank we use a food safe sanitizer on the exposed parts of the tank and valve, then allow the solution to dry before filling the tank.
This is simple: To prevent the spread we keep our distance as much as the training process will allow. You will not have symptoms (fever, cough) until after you have been infecting the people you have contact with, so we are doing contact tracing, if any of our students become Ill we will notify ALL of our students so each individual can make the best choice for themselves.
Thank you for your understanding, I look forward to resuming normal business practices and training with you once this current state of emergency has passed. If you would like to talk over the phone, please give me a call.
Yours in Diving,
Director of Education, Pacific Dive Training
PADI: Master Instructor-279582