Take the PADI Surface Marker Buoy specialty diver course and learn to provide a delayed marker buoy for ascending divers. This is a skill which all scuba divers should master. Learn how to use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), and how to place them to mark boundaries for mapping. Marker buoys may be part of a search & recovery dive, delayed surface marker buoys alert boat traffic to your presence underwater. This is a vital part of scuba diving and a safe way to avoid boat traffic incidents. Maintaining good buoyancy and trim plays a crucial part when you want to deploy a delayed surface marker buoy safely. Learn the safety and hazards of marker buoy lines and reels, as well as swimming underwater with a surface marker buoy.
Who should take this course?
Divers who require a line for visual reference when ascending from a dive, or scuba divers that need to ascend in or around boat traffic. With the delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) you can make yourself present to overhead traffic, such as boats or jet skis. The DSMB is also a welcoming sight on drift dives for the captain of the boat when picking up divers out of the water. Marker buoys can be placed, when doing underwater mapping of a dive site or place to aid a Search & Recovery operation.
What will you learn?
During this course, you will practice:
Using a variety of surface marker buoys
Learn the techniques of deploying DSMBs
Diving with a surface marker buoy
Techniques of how to tying off markers buoys underwater
Using and placing marker buoys as reference points
What scuba gear you will use?
Basic scuba diving equipment
Reel and line with DSMB’s
Surface marker buoys
What learning material do you require?
No material is required, but a classroom knowledge development session will be given
A DSMB is an essential part of your safety kit and each scuba diver should own one. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one at DiveSMART.
Participants must be 10 years of age, or older
Minimum PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or equivalent from another training agency
Participants under the age of 18 years must have parent or guardian consent
Complete a diver medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health