Have you ever wondered what the rest of your dive group are talking about when you hear them talking about SMBs or DSMBs? Many of us would have been in this situation, it´s not uncommon, and are unsure as to what the rest of their group are referring too. Surface Marker Bouys (SMB) and Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMB) are standard pieces of dive equipment which are being included more and more in diving courses in recent years.
There are many divers who may never have used one due to their only recent inclusion in courses, although they may have always seen their instructor or dive guide using one at the end of a dive during the safety stop. And there are a number of divers who do own one and carry it with them as they have been told its an important piece of safety equipment but have never actually used it as they don´t know how – none of this is uncommon!
With the updated Speciality courses offered by PADI to include Delayed Surface Marker Buoy there is now a greater focus on how to use these pieces of equipment properly.
What does the course involve?
The goals of the course are to explain the planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving with a DSMB or SMB whilst training students with the equipment and ensuring proper techniques are used.
The course can be completed in one day with a minimum prerequisite of PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
If you are looking at expanding your skills and knowledge and are interested in this Speciality then contact us for more information and to book your course. To check out the list of other PADI Specialities available with us, then check out our courses page Advanced courses for divers.