Everything from routine maintenance to emergency repairs. We do it all!
We offer visual inspections, hydrostatic testing, valve repairs, and even oxygen cleaning
We are the ONLY shop in our area that offers the premium gas fills that we do. From "hyper pure" air to 100% oxygen and helium, we fully support ALL gas fills to the working pressure of your tanks
We fill, test, and service all paintball tanks, even those with pressures up to 4500 psi
We offer 24/7 on call, emergency, and scheduled miscellaneous Marine related SCUBA services to the Southern Maryland area.
Southern Maryland Divers takes equipment service and maintenance seriously. Many diving accidents and "close calls" are due to a lack of quality, routine maintenance and proper equipment care. Generally speaking, your gear should be inspected yearly or every 100 dives by a trained technician. Many manufacturers suggest yearly rebuilds, replacing most of the moving parts.
We service ALL makes and models of regulators and BCDs.
Regulators and BCD's
First Stage - $35.00 labor plus parts
Second Stage - $25.00 labor plus parts
Octopus Second Stage - $25.00 labor plus parts
Integrated Octopus - $25.00 labor plus parts
Regulator set inspect and tune - $25.00
Quote only - $20.00 goes towards service cost. If no service is completed, it is returned un-assembled
Front of line service - $50.00 per setup
One week service - $20.00 per setup
Extensive cleaning - $10 +/- depending on extent
Console Service - FREE New O-rings, HP spool cleaned, hose ends cleaned
Computers - $5 plus parts - Includes change of battery, o-ring, time reset, check functions
BCD Service - $25 labor plus parts
O2 Service Cleaning - $25 per stage
Typical turnaround time is 10-15 business days (excludes weekends and Holidays). We strive to have them done as quick as possible, and most are turned around quicker.
With the current state of supply chain issues, there is a chance your service may take longer if parts are on backorder. Please get your gear in for service as soon as possible before an upcoming trip to avoid any delays.
Front of line service is for those that come in right before vacation or service is needed. Although we cannot guarantee it will be done in time due to the condition of your regulator set or necessary parts, this does put your regulator repair at the front of the line. If repair is not completed in time for your trip, a rental set will be issued for your trip free of charge.
Scuba tanks need a Visual Inspection every year and a Hydrostatic test every 5 years. Southern Maryland Divers can handle all of your tank inspection and cleaning needs. With a quick turnaround time, you will not be without your tanks for long. If needed, rental tanks are issued free of charge when your tanks are with us for service.
Southern Maryland Divers has a PSI/PCI certified cylinder inspector on staff to meet these needs. You can see his credentials at the links below.
Our staffs credentials
PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector #RE23566
PSI Eddy Current Technician #RE2831
PSI Oxygen Cleaning Cylinder Technician #868
PSI Valve Repair Technician #1456
Visual Tank Inspection (Air Only) - $20.00
Includes inspection, Air Fill, and O-Rings (Needs to be completed yearly)
Visual Tank Inspection (to 40% Nitrox Clean) - $25.00
Includes inspection, Air Fill, (Nitrox extra) and O-Rings (Needs to be completed yearly)
Visual Tank Inspection (O2 Service Clean - to 100%) - $40.00
Includes inspection, O2 Cleaning, Air Fill, (Nitrox or O2 extra) and O-Rings (Needs to be completely yearly) - turn around time longer
Hydrostatic Certification Test - $55.00 - Does not include visual eddy test - see below
Includes Hydrostatic test, Date Stamp, Visual inspection, Valve inspection and lube, Air Fill, (Nitrox Extra but pro-rated) and new O-Rings (Needs to be completed every 5 years. Carbon tanks every 3 years.) Carbon Fiber wrapped tanks add $5
Visual Eddy Current Test* - $50.00
(Added to VIP Cost on Luxfer and Walter Kidde aluminum tanks made on or before 1989)
*Mandatory on certain tanks, Current test that checks threads on tank to ensure integrity. If necessary this is done yearly during the visual inspection and at hydro.
Tank Tumble - $20.00+
Cost depends on amount of corrosion
Light Rust $20.00, Heavy Rust $30.00 and up depending on amount of rust.
Valve Repair - $35.00
Includes ultrasonic cleaning, parts, and rebuild on most valves.
Tank and Valve O2 Cleaning - $50.00
Per tank, all sizes, parts extra. Cleaned using Blue Gold, Christolube, Viton O-rings, and OCA air for drying.
Doubles Breakdown / Reassemble - $20.00
If you bring your doubles in assembled for VIP or Hydro, we will need to break them down for inspection and reassemble them. If you do it yourself, please bring them in broken down and let us know you will assemble them to avoid this charge. Doubles count as (2) separate tanks and charges will reflect two tanks.
*All tanks made of the 6351-T6 aluminum alloy must be tested using an eddy current testing machine per federal law. These tanks were made by Walter Kidde (years 1972 thru 1998), and Luxfer (years 1972 thru May 1988). We will notify you if your tank falls into this category.
Want to make sure your tanks stay in tip top shape? Check out this article on cylinder care.
Clean, pure, accurate gas fills are guaranteed at Southern Maryland Divers. The key to what we do is not just an obsession with preventive maintenance and accuracy, but also the personal attention that your fills get from our blenders. All of our blending, from nitrox to trimix is performed by Gas Blender instructors.
Unlike other dive shops, for our technical fills and upon request, we take the time to analyze the gas that is left in your tank when you bring it in for a fill. We then use extremely accurate computer software to find out what we need to add or subtract to get you the fill you want. This enables us to add ONLY the amount of gas needed to "blend" your current gas to the new mix, saving you money on every fill! Nitrox fills have a max cap of $16.00 per fill up to 40% EAN.
We use only the purest gas, from medical grade oxygen, to 99.99% pure helium, your'e sure to get the best air available. Our Mako 11 cubic ft / min, K14 compressor is meticulously maintained, following all manufacturer recommended maintenance schedules. We utilize Lawrence Factor high quality filtration to ensure OCA Grade E "hyper pure" air. We sample and analyze our air using Trace Analytics on a quarterly basis to make sure we are maintaining the highest quality gas. Click HERE to see our latest test results, or check it out in person, we have it hung on the wall next to the compressor!
We understand that your time is important, and being up all night waiting for your tanks to be filled can lead to a tired diver the next day. That's why we work hard to get your fills completed quickly. Air fills are usually same day and nitrox fills are usually two day turnaround. When you ask for 32%, you get 32%! We know divers want the fill they request, so we double check our fills and ensure you get what you want.
We use the Nitrox Stik to blend each individual tank to your specification. This means you have less wait, and more accurate results. This also removes a lot of the hazards involved with partial pressure filling procedures. We can dial in your exact mix from 22% to 40% and if you bring us a partially filled tank, we can custom blend it to what you want without dumping your old mix.
Hyper Pure "Oxygen Compatible" - Air Fills
All Tanks - $7.00 (flat rate per cylinder)
Tanks with pressures above 3500psi, add $3.00 per tank
Bulk air fill rate (over 100 fills per year required) - $5.00 per tank
120 Cubic ft and less - $14.00
120 Cubic ft and more -$16.00
We bank over 1300 cubic feet of pre-mixed 32% so you can get nitrox fills while you wait.
Custom Nitrox Mix 21%-40% - $0.20 per cubic ft
Nitrox by the cubic ft (your choice) up to 40%
Deco Gas "Technical Fills" - 40% and higher
Oxygen per cubic ft - $.65 per cubic ft
Air Top / Blending Fee - $6.00
Custom Trimix Blends
Oxygen - $0.65 per cubic ft
Helium - $2.75 per cubic ft
Air Top / Blending fee - $6.00 per tank / set doubles
We have hookups to fill up to 10 tanks at a time and with over 4000 cubic feet of banked air, we can fill your tanks while you wait. We even have the ability to fill up to 4 tanks at a time in your vehicle while you wait (safety guidelines apply).
***All tanks being used for mixes above 40% in oxygen content MUST be cleaned, certified, and current for oxygen service. It is at the sole discretion of the blender if they wish to accept another agencies oxygen service qualification of the tank. If external visual inspection reveals contamination that concerns the filler, they may require re-cleaning prior to filling the tank. These restrictions are in place for the safety of our blenders and our customers***
Compressed Air fills up to 4500 psi
All size paintball tanks - $5.00 per tank
Our fill station comes with a scuba tank and fill adapter so you can fill your paintball tanks on the field in-between games.
Aluminum 80 cubic foot tank @3000 psi full - $20.00
**Includes compressed tank fill adapter. Will fill tanks multiple times over entire weekend
All customers using SCUBA tanks or rented for purposes of paintball will need to complete and sign the paintball waiver. Save time by filling out the form and brining it with you. The form can be found HERE.
Paintball Tank Hydrostatic Testing - All size paintball tanks (includes fill) - $30.00
Aluminum paintball tanks generally require hydrostatic testing every 3-5 years depending on the DOT Special Permit associated with your tank. Carbon Fiber paintball tanks also require hydrostatic testing, usually on the same 3-5 year rotation but please note that carbon fiber tanks have a total life-span of only 15 years from the date of manufacture.
We offer 24/7 on call, emergency, and scheduled miscellaneous Marine related SCUBA services to the Southern Maryland Area (Calvert, St. Mary's, Charles, and Prince George's Counties) as well as scheduled underwater work to the tri-state (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC) areas. These services are offered via referral, so please leave a message and we will get back to you with an insured, professional dive services contact info.
You MUST leave a voicemail if you call and don't get an answer, we will call you back
*Premium Bottom Cleaning
*Hull and bottom inspections with video evidence
*Prop entanglement removal (crab pots, rope, etc.)
*Lost Item retrieval from bottom (motors, tools, other valuables, etc)
*Hull damage inspection (includes digital images / video of any damage found)
*Underwater Video Inspections and Productions
SCUBA diving is an exciting and rewarding sport. Sometimes, it's hard to explain to our family and friends how beautiful it is under the water. We can help you share those memories and save them forever. We offer custom tailored photography for your SCUBA diving. Prices vary depending on location, times, etc. Contact us for a quote.
*Staged underwater scenes
*Training - (Must be allowed and arranged with the instructor first)
*Exotic Vacations (We offer topside photography as well)
*Custom Video with soundtrack
You can see examples of my work at This Link.
This video shows some of the services we offer