At the Akumal Dive Shop we care for you, and our crew. In order to keep all of us safe from COVID 19 we are following recommendations by DAN Europe’s medical team. We encourage you to be self-cautious and take very good care of yourself and others.
Please be aware that wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public spaces at Akumal.
All dive centers are required to follow some basic prevention measures as recommended by DAN Europe & the Diving Community due to the concerns about disease transmissions when using dive equipment.
Properly sanitizing your dive equipment includes cleaning it with Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or Bleach:
If you are concerned about the virus entering a scuba cylinder as a result of contaminated air being drawn into the compressor. Calculations show that a four-stage compressor with 1 ATA inlet pressure and an 80°F environment pumping air up to 29 ATA or around 4000 psi, would have an inter-stage temperature inside the cylinder of 225 °F. This calculation is very basic and does not account for anything outside of ideal conditions. However, it does indicate the instantaneous temperature at the moment of peak pressure.
In reality, the outlet valve temperature will likely be 170°F-190°F, and the gas temperature around 150°F, occurring during each stage of the compressor (i.e. four cycles for a four-stage compressor assuming each stage’s outlet temperature is the same). Because this is hot enough to kill SARS-CoV-2, it is therefore unlikely that the virus would survive this process should an infected individual cough into the compressor intake.
It is important to note that infected droplets exhaled by a person can be as small as 0.5 micron; the filter systems alone would not remove these, but the virus should no longer be infectious at that stage.
If you have any questions, please email us at RiskMitigation@DAN.org.