PADI DELAY SURFACE MARKER BUOY

Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping or search and recovery, alert boat traffic, or provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers. During two dives, learn the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs) in the local area.

delayed surface buoy

THE FUN PART

Let the dive boat know exactly where you are!  You’re diving in a current or choppy seas and need to make a safety stop. Attach your surface marker buoy to your reel and shoot it to the surface, using the line to safely make your ascent and safety stop. Your dive boat can find you and your marker alerts other boaters to your presence.

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • It allows scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping or search and recovery, alert boat traffic, signal for assistance underwater.
  • Provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers, and provide an emergency source of buoyancy.
  • Learn the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs) in the local area using a range of buoys and techniques.
  • During the Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) Diver course, you will gain the knowledge and learn techniques required for the safe use of surface marker buoys (SMBs) and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs).

YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMBs) – Similar to inflatable signal tubes, DSMBs are attached to a line and reel and can be deployed from underwater or at the surface.