Dive Briefing

Where We Are

Scuba Repair 101

Shipping Address: 📍 8100 SW 147th Terrace, Beaverton, OR 97007

Email: 📧 Max@ScubaRepair101.com

Phone: 503-664-0349

What We Do

Once we receive your regulator, all stages and hoses are inspected and its incoming performance is tested and recorded in order to detect any issues and establish a baseline. Using specialized tools, we disassemble your regulator down to its individual components. All O-rings, seats, and filters are removed and discarded (or returned to you in a little bag).  All metal components are cleaned using an ultrasonic bath and manufacturer-recommended phosphoric acid solution, and all plastic components are cleaned using gentle soap and warm water. All components are dried using clean, dry, compressed air. We then replace all discarded materials with new materials from genuine manufacturer kits and reassemble all components using manufacturer-recommended space-age lubricants and the same aforementioned tools. Once reassembled, your regulator is tuned and tested using both analog and digital equipment and analysis systems. You are provided with a graphical read-out of the performance of your newly tuned regulator, as well as the performance of your regulator as we received it. Any computer batteries in need of replacement are replaced and the computer is leak-tested in a pressurized vessel.

Regulators are complex but reliable mechanisms, meant to give you years of trouble-free service — if you have them serviced according to manufacturer recommendations. Regular maintenance of your dive gear is essential to ensure it remains reliable and functioning correctly. Everyone is taught in their first open water certification scuba class that post-dive equipment cleaning is the most basic maintenance to maintain warranties, ensure reliable function, and maximize safety, but regular post-dive cleaning only washes the externally accessible surfaces, like a carwash, not interior sealed parts that could be damaged or corroded due to wear or worn O-rings. Regulators use both static and dynamic O-rings to maintain watertight seals, high pressure polymer seats that wear, and filters to block contaminants in the breathing gas. Over time these parts all degrade and dry out, whether you use your regulator or not. Scuba gear usually fails in the water, where it is subjected to higher pressures and more extreme conditions than on land, and the consequences underwater can be serious. Following manufacturer recommendations for service, in terms of time and number of dives, is the best approach to ensure your regulator breathes as smoothly as new, avoid problems underwater and ensure the maximum lifetime for expensive scuba equipment.


 Why wait and wait and wait for your life support system to be overhauled? We get your equipment serviced and repaired within 7 days of receipt. Contact us to confirm that the kit your regulator make/model requires is available and in-stock.

Why Us?

We use only genuine manufacturers repair kits (and we return your used parts to you). We are authorized to provide warranty service. We love what we do and are proud of the service we provide. We are uniquely qualified to service your regulators to factory specification.

You can consider servicing your own regulators. Ask yourself if you have the current training and skills to thoroughly break down your regulator, and the tools and experience to clean, inspect, reassemble, and fully test your gear, especially if you only do it once every year or two. Scuba regulators are life support equipment!

Who We Are

Max Hoffman, owner and chief technician of Scuba Repair 101 and protégé to Glynn Palmer, has over a decade of experience in the SCUBA industry and over 30 years of experience to draw upon in his mentor. 

Max received his B.S. in Conservation Biology as a young man, and has since pursued careers as a USFS Wilderness Ranger, Veterinary Technician, and SCUBA Instructor before settling into dive equipment maintenance and repair. 

I have been in this industry long enough to witness far too many  who lack the appropriate respect this activity demands.  I have been prohibited from even referring to regulators as 'life support'  by some.  Don't take chances.  Maintain your gear, have it tested and serviced annually by a reputable technician, and practice using it often. Every breath under water is a gift.