padi Surface Marker Buoy

Specialty Course

Learn how to deploy a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) during the SMB Specialty

Nowadays it is becoming more and more common for boats to require divers to carry their own DSMB and know how to use it if you become separated from the group or boat. There is no better time than now to enrol in your SMB Specialty course and learn the different aspects of this life saver. Boaters don’t always recognise that divers are in the area and a current can carry you further than expected. Launching a DSMB before you surface can alert others to your location of ascent.

If you are at least 12 years old and a PADI Open Water Diver or higher you can enrol in the Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Specialty course. 

What will you learn:

  • 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 reel and line
  • Making a safety stop using the DSMB line

After the SMB Specialty course you will be able to safely deploy and manage the DSMB when required. DSMBs serve a range of purposes and you’ll learn about the common types of systems along with reels used to control them.

How many dives will you do:

You will complete two scuba dives from our boat or shore.

What equipment will you use:

Apart from using basic scuba equipment, you will use different types of DSMB and reels so that you can experience the most common systems.

What’s included:

  • Classroom Workshop
  • Certification
  • 2 dives
  • SMB & reel hire
  • Equipment hire
  • Computer hire

Price: €189