PADI Side-Mount Diver Speciality
Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping or search and recovery, alert boat traffic, or provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers.
During two dives, learn the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs) in the local area.
What Will You Learn?
During the SMB Speciality course you'll learn:
Why and how to use an SMB
Different types of SMB and reels
Methods of SMB deployment
Risks and hazards of SMB use
Over two open water dives you will then put the knowledge into practice and carry out a number of skills including deploying an SMB from the bottom and from mid water, conduct a tour while towing the SMB and demonstrate the ability to reel in and out.
You must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
You must be at least 12 years old
There is a classroom presentation session with a qualified PADI Instructor will ensure that you fully understand the information required.
Confined Water Dives
Open Water Dives
There are 2 Open Water qualifying dives, usually completed over 1 day.
PADI certification fee
Full equipment hire including drysuit and SMB
We offer flexible course timetabling to meet your schedule and work with small groups to ensure personal tuition at all times.
How Much Does It Cost?
£175 or £125 if added with another 2 dive Speciality
You can add a £10 donation to the PADI Project Aware charity and receive a special decorative Project Aware cert card - please ask for details.
Call 01603 485000 or click the 'Contact Us' button to find out about dates and availability.