Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you´ll need to
• be at least 14 years old
• hold the PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation
• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives

• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)

• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty

from €145

Course Description

Whether you´re a new diver who has wondered what those strange orange tubes are floating on the surface, or an experienced diver who carries a ‘Delayed Surface Marker Buoy’ but is often put off using it, then there is plenty to learn from taking the PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver specialty. A two dive, one day course, we´ll show you the various reels and marker buoys available, look at ways to stow or carry them, and introduce skills and techniques for safely deploying them at depth.

Course Content

The PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, mask and weight system
• DSMB and reel
• Practical theory session
• Certification upon successful completion
And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €145 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €228 (2 people sharing)

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Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty

There is no manual with the PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty, but we will introduce and discuss these topics before undertaking the dives -

Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty• Value of SMBs/DSMBs
• Environmental Considerations – Tides and Currents
• Types of SMBs/DSMBs
• Deploying a DSMB
• Risks and Hazards of SMB Use
• Preparing a DSMB for Use

Once we’ve completed our overview, it’s time to gear up and head into the water. There are two dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 9-15 mtrs

Surface Marker Buoy Diver SpecialtyOur first dive is a gentle introduction to deploying and using a DSMB, where we’ll simulate this as if to to notify surface traffic of our presence, then ending the dive by using this for ascent. We’ll focus on safe deployment, maintaining neutral buoyancy whilst towing the DSMB, and also during the ascent. We’ll also perform a safety stop, showing good control of buoyancy, along with good trim, and maintaining our stop depth.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Deploy a DSMB from a stationary position on the bottom
• Explore underwater while towing a DSMB on the surface – demonstrating the ability to control the line by reeling it in and out
• Ascend while using a DSMB line as a tactile reference.

Dive Two – depth 9-15 mtrs

Surface Marker Buoy Diver SpecialtyWe’re going increase the skill level on this dive, and deploy our DSMB from mid-water whilst neutrally buoyant. This is a realistic use of a DSMB, where often at the end of the dive, and maybe caught in a mild current, you find yourself in mid water with no visual reference and require an aid to safely ascend to the surface. We’ll also perform a safety stop, showing good control of buoyancy, along with good trim, and maintaining our stop depth. We’ll show you some of the techniques that makes this possible, giving you the confidence to safely and comfortably deploy your DSMB.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills –

• Deploy a DSMB while hovering.
• Explore underwater while towing a DSMB on the surface – demonstrating the ability to control the line by reeling it in and out


Course
Links

What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? The ability to control your position underwater is not only efficient and more comfortable, but it can assist to make certain underwater activities go smoother, like launching a DSMB! The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Diver course specifically targets skills and techniques for maintaining good buoyancy and trim, and makes a perfect companion course to the PADI Surface Marker Buoy Diver Specialty.

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