HOW TO USE YOUR SURFACE MARKER BUOY?

Learn to manage your safety equipment with Subea’s expert advice!

When it comes to diving safety, a surface marker buoy is an essential piece of equipment. Not only will it help you to perform your decompression stops during a drift dive or if you surface further away from your planned exit point, it can also help you to indicate your presence on the surface after a dive. Just like all safety equipment, however, it’s important to use it properly!
Julien, diving equipment product engineer at Subea, explains how to use your surface marker buoy correctly.

USING YOUR SURFACE MARKER BUOY WHILE DIVING

TIPS FOR USING YOUR SURFACE MARKER BUOY

You’ve reached the end of your dive, and it’s time to get out your SMB and do your stops. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Make sure that you’re stable at the stop depth with your buddy, and get out your SMB.
- Open and unroll it, holding the weighted part downward.
- Release the spool of line so that it will be able to unroll. Get out your octopus.
- Don’t forget to maintain slightly negative buoyancy, so as not to be pulled to the surface by the SNB.
- Fill your SMB with air from the bottom before letting it go to the surface, while letting the line slide through your hand.
- Pull on the line so that your SMB is properly vertical and easy to spot!

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MAINTAINING YOUR SURFACE MARKER BUOY

Take care of your equipment!

As with all diving equipment, proper maintenance of your SMB is necessary if you want to keep it as long as possible! Check out our advice that specifically explains how to look after this essential piece of kit.

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          Julien, Subea product engineer

          I’m a diving equipment product engineer at Subea. I began diving as a teenager, but it was only after I started my job that I really developed a passion for it. I decided to get certified and go through the various levels of training, and now I’m a PADI Rescue diver with “Deep” certification.

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