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.
Learn techniques for the safe use of Surface Marker Buoys and Delayed Surface Marker Buoys. Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs) and Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMBs) serve a range of purposes, from allowing others such as shore cover / boat support to identify an ascending diver; to alert boat traffic to the presence of a diver; to providing a visual reference for divers ascending or completing a safety stop.
You will learn about different types and styles of SMB and DSMB buoys.
On completion of the course you will be awarded the Surface Marker Buoy diver award. This can be accredited as one of the five speciality ratings a diver has to attain to achieve the highest non-instructional qualification on the PADI curriculum – Master Scuba Diver.
Open Water Diver (or Junior. Open Water) or equivalent
The course consists of a pool session to practise skills and prepare for two open water dives which can be completed in a single day. Discuss choice of diving location with your Dive Force Instructor.
Cost: £110 includes manual and all required equipment (excluding transportation and site entry fees)