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DSMB Diver Specialty

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Many divers wouldn’t think of diving without carrying a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB), and for our boat dives it is 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.

The DSMB Diver Course has two parts:

  • Knowledge Development (you will be given a course manual for you to study, independently prior to your open water dives) you will learn marker buoys serve a range of purposes and you will cover common types of DSMB along with the reels used to control them.
  • 2 x Open Water Dives;
    • 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 course takes place over 1 day.

Courses are scheduled on demand.

DSMB rental is $20. All other equipment rental is free of charge for this course.

Prerequisites:
  • PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification
  • 12+ Years Old
  • Medical Statement filled out

First - purchase your course online.  Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack.  This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.

  • On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out.
  • If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form. You may be required to gain clearance from your doctor before we can take you diving.
  • If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.  You can find the form here.
  • If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.
DSMB Diver Specialty