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Disinfecting scuba equipment amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about concern in the safety of using dive equipment. With the threat of the coronavirus, divers are urged to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. Now more than ever, sanitizing your dive equipment is quintessential. 

Disinfecting personal dive equipment

diving mask

Although health experts advocate frequent washing of hands with soap and water, these two elements are not enough to sanitize dive equipment. According to Divers Alert Network (DAN), combine soap and water with mechanical action in order to be fully effective. A good example of mechanical action is scrubbing the surface using a soft brush. However, keep in mind that some parts of your equipment may not be easily reached without taking it apart. Take, for instance, the interior of a regulator. When you exhale, the air travels through the inside of a regulator. In the process, the air comes into contact with the diaphragm, lever arm, and other internal surfaces. DAN recommends soaking the regulator in a disinfectant solution. Submerging equipment in a 1% bleach solution is generally an effective sanitization method. 

EPA’s Safe Disinfectant Use 


There are many disinfectants available in the market but before using one, it’s advisable to check the EPA’s List N. This enables you to determine if a product can be used against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). 

  1. Begin by finding the EPA registration number on the product. If it’s on EPA’s list of approved disinfectants, then you’re on the right track.
  2. Make sure you read and follow the product’s directions. Pay attention to any precautionary information. 
  3. Wash the surface with soap and water if pre-cleaning is recommended. Do the same if you’re dealing with a dirty surface.
  4. Find out about the contact time by reading the directions thoroughly. Make sure the surface is wet during application to ensure its efficacy.
  5. Wear gloves while disinfecting your equipment. Wash your hands immediately after removing the gloves. If you used disposable gloves, throw them after. For reusable gloves, you can clean and reuse them in the future for the same purpose. 
  6. Always store disinfectants in a safe and tightly closed place where children and pets cannot reach them. 

Disinfecting rental gear 

When it comes to rental gear, it’s a must to take extra precautions. DAN recommends wiping a rental mask (especially the inside part), snorkel, regular mouthpiece, and BCD oral inflator with a household disinfecting wipe. Then wash it with fresh water before use. 

Nemo Diving Center takes your worries away by ensuring the proper disinfection of rental equipment. We also make it a point to regularly disinfect highly-touched areas in our dive center. In addition, our staff observes good hygiene by washing their hands frequently. 

We would love to see you enjoy our scuba diving dubai packages again. May these precautionary guidelines promote a safe diving experience.  


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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