The Importance of the Steel Scuba Diving Tank

The steel scuba diving tank is best used when the diver wants to gain a higher density rate, especially as compared with aluminum because the higher density of the steel allows the tank to be buoyant in a negative manner when the dive gets completed. The steel scuba diving tank is available either as high pressure or low pressure with the former being smaller and at the same time contains higher volume of air and needs a regulator set up for DIN.

The low pressure steel scuba diving tank is a lot easier to fill though they are larger when taking into account the volume of air that they can hold. The High Pressure steel scuba diving tank comes in two models – the HP 100 and the slightly smaller AL80.

The Differences

There is difference between pressure and volume, and it may be mentioned in particular that the pressure of a tank does not indicate the measurement of size or volume of the tank. Pressure is basically that of the amount of compression that the air holds and is measured in pounds per square inch and steel scuba diving tanks come in combinations of volumes as well as fill pressures and cubic foot volume is the unit of measure that tells how much air the tank actually holds.

To release or stop the flow of air one usually has a valve do this operation and there is the K-Valve which is most used in low pressure steel scuba diving tanks as well as the DIN valve which are used on high pressure steel scuba diving tanks and the pressure would necessarily have to be 3300 PSI and more. The regulators that are used on high pressure tanks need that the regulator be converted to DIN.

The XS Scuba High Pressure Steel 100 tank is a next generation technology high pressure steel scuba diving tank that is compatible with any regulator and includes Pro Valve Standard Yoke and is DIN compatible. It is also Nitrox ready up to 40%, which is the limit for recreational scuba diving and has pressure of 3442 PSI and includes a self-draining tank boot.

As well, it is made from Chromemoly Steel, which is the same alloy that is very rugged and is also used in aircraft frames and provides maximum strength-to-weight resilience and the steel scuba diving tank has a diameter of 7.25 inches and is also 24 inches in length.

It weighs 33 pounds when empty and is -10 pounds when buoyancy full and only -2.5 pounds when buoyancy empty. In addition, the steel in the steel scuba diving tank provides improved and superior characteristics when compared to aluminum and also allows the diver to shed some pounds of lead from the weight system.

The Necessary Scuba Diving Equipment

Scuba diving is a sport which is widely practiced because it reveals a whole new world, which lies under the water undisturbed and unexplored; it is simply addictive once you have tried it for fun. However, it is extremely important that you obtain the proper training and scuba diving equipment before you plunge into the mysterious waters that can surprise you with its contents.

Scuba Diving Equipment For Everyone

Whether you are a professional or a beginner, you must not venture into scuba diving without a wet suit. These wet suits are designed to embrace your body and maintain the temperature required by it at all times without dehydrating or exposing it to any dangers that may be existent in the waters.

The facemask is another essential item, which is designed to protect your eyes and enable you to see clearly at all times. Any under water activity however simple requires a mask to protect your eyes or else you will not be able to open them at all.

The scuba diving booties and fins are something I would strongly recommend even for experienced divers as it makes your experience a lot more pleasant and easy. A scuba diving tank and regulator are items that will be provided on site by the instructor that will accompany you. Only certified scuba divers usually have their own scuba diving equipment such as the tank, regulator and wet suit.

The oxygen tanks are usually a standard size and will provide you with the time you want to spend under water however you must make clear note of that time so you don’t over stay and run out of oxygen. There are special designed diving watches which have an outer bezel that is used to mark the time you can spend under water, I recommend you invest in one of these watches if you choose to dive regularly; it may prove to save your life.

Enjoy Scuba Diving Without Risking Your Life

Scuba diving can be as dangerous as it is adventurous therefore do not venture without an instructor (if you are a beginner) or without the adequate scuba diving equipment. There are a few who venture in the open water without the proper equipment and sometimes even without clothes but, they also expose themselves to accidents and infections which can be fatal.

Scuba diving equipment is meant to protect you as well as allow you have the maximum fun safely in the given environment; try and keep it safe for you and the world down below by following the required measures.

Learning the Basics of Using a Scuba Diving Tank

The scuba diving tank is a very useful and nifty cylinder which holds compressed air that aids a diver when they need to be breathing underwater. One should know the basic ways to use the scuba diving tank as well as how to take care of it, in order to keep themselves safe and in order to keep the equipment in the best possible shape.

To begin with, one should discard the notion that the scuba diving tank contains pure oxygen because it does not and in fact, it rather is filled with compressed air that contains approximately 21 percent oxygen and 79 percent nitrogen and is the same mixture that one breathes normally when on land.

The danger of having pure oxygen is that it may become toxic, especially when one breathes it at much shallower depths. On the other hand, compressed air becomes toxic only at depths exceeding 200 feet and that is much beyond recreational diving lengths.

Most of the time, a recreational scuba diving tank will be made out of aluminum and can in fact contain 80 cubic feet of air that is compressed into an area of two feet in height and six inches in diameter and one should know that 80 cubic feet of air is normally filled from 2000 to 3000 psi (pounds per inch) of air pressure. In addition, the scuba diving tank is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as some other foreign agencies and regulations necessitate that the scuba diving tank be inspected periodically as well as undergo pressure tests to ensure maximum safety for the diver.

To use a scuba diving tank, one must ensure that it is filled from a reputable dive shop and one should enquire as to where the shop compressor’s air intake pipe is and make sure that it is properly located. Since air expands when it exists in hot conditions do not leave the filled tank in a heated up car.

When transporting the scuba diving tank one should remember to place it in the rear of the car with the tank valve facing the passengers because if the valve were to get damaged during transportation the tank would end up propelling the other way. One should also remove the rubber valve protection cap and make a thorough inspection of its O-ring and replace any defective ones, if found.

In addition, one may attach the buoyancy compensator to the body of the tank and also, secure the first stage of the regulator in place on the tank valve. Also, to open the valve turn it anti-clockwise until it cannot go further and then make a small one-half turn backwards.

One should always check the gauges as well jot down the psi and one may scuba dive as much as one wants but one should always ascertain that there is adequate pressure and stop diving while there is still some air remaining.