Whether you're planning on coastal diving like in the Northsea or on your holiday to Egypt, having a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) will increase your safety and comfort and will alert boat traffic and other divers to your location.
If you're ever involved in drift diving from a boat then a delayed SMB will allow your boat skipper to follow your dive and pick you up promptly upon surfacing. They are also a great visual reference on your ascents too. For example the majority of dive boat skippers operating in the UK are now requesting that you use an SMB and many more will follow, so it really goes without saying that this course is a must for anyone wishing to sea dive.
The PADI SMB specialty course will teach you the safest and easiest techniques to efficiently deploy a delayed SMB whilst static underwater and also whilst swimming.
The course consists of a knowledge development presentation and 2 open water dives which will cover:
Why use a DSMB / SMB?
Tides and currents
Types of Surface Marker Buoys
Types of reels
Methods of delayed SMB deployment
Risks and hazards of SMB use
Preparing the delayed SMB for use
Open Water Dives
Here in the Mediterranean on the Costa Blanca students will complete 2 Open Water dives to certify as a PADI SMB Diver. During these dives students will demonstrate the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy from both a stationary and hovering position, as well as using the SMB line as an ascent reference.
Students must be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Minimum age is 12.
Get five specialty ratings including deep and navigation and you're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver
Padi Dive Center Scubaworld provide PADI Scuba Diving Courses, guided leisure dives, try dives and diving for kids along the Costa Blanca in Spain covering: Torrevieja, Playa Flamenca,Orihuela Costa, La Marina, San Miguel de Salinas, Punta Prima, Cabo Roig, Campoamor, San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, La Manga, Murcia, Cartagena and Cabo de Palos.