Delayed SMB Diver
Many divers wouldn’t think of diving without carrying a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB, and in some locations it’s considered required safety equipment. Knowing how to properly deploy and manage a DSMB are valuable skills learned in this course.
Boats and currents are two common factors associated with many dive sites. Boaters don’t always recognize that divers are in the area and current can carry you further than expected. Launching a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) before you surface can alert others to your location in advance of your ascent. Adding another layer of safety, you can also use the DSMB line to complete your safety stop, which is advantageous in a current or when there are no other visual references. Take this course to learn about all the beneficial uses of a DSMB.
You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old to enrol in the DSMB Diver course.
Marker buoys serve a range of purposes and you’ll learn about common types of DSMB along with the reels used to control them. During the two training dives, you’ll practice:
- Preparing and stowing your DSMB and reel.
- Deploying the DSMB from a stationary position and from mid-water.
- Swimming while towing a DSMB and managing the reel and line.
- Making a safety stop using the DSMB line.
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us for more information about credits towards the Advanced Open Water.
What will you learn?
You will complete the knowledge review portion of the course at home before the course starts
At the start of your course, you will spend time in the classroom checking your knowledge reviews.
Then you will have two Open Water dives in Stoney Cove as well as time spent on the surface practising skills before putting those new skills into practice underwater.
How long will it take?
The course lasts one full day.
What will you get from it?
As a PADI DSMB Diver, you will learn the correct procedures for safely deploying an SMB from underwater.
You must be 12+ years old to enrol on this course at Stoney Cove
You must be able to swim and be medically fit to dive
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or equivalent qualification)
All equipment hire is included in the price, however, you will get much more enjoyment from the course if you get your own mask and snorkel. You would also benefit from having your own DSMB and reel for use during the course.
There are no hidden extras with your course at the Diveschool @ Stoney Cove. Entry fees, air fills, kit hire, course materials and PADI certification fees are all included