PADI SMB Surface Marker Buoy Speciality

Can you use your SMB properly?


PADI SMB Speciality Course

When you go Scuba diving from a boat it's important the boat knows where you are? The skipper does this by looking for your SMB, your Surface Marker Bouy.

"If we can't see you we can not pick you up!!! You'd be surprised how many times I have had to go looking for divers who have deloyed their SMB badly, so It's under water or lying down and here in the UK I just can't see where they are". When you consider divers can drift apart and may end up a long way from the others some times over 500m... It is a BIG OCEAN and a long swim."  - Trevor Leyland - PADI Cpourse Director

SMBs are also use to signal a problem under water.

Can you deploy your SMB properly so it can be seen both on the surface and while under water?

We often run FREE SMB clinics for our club members, non members are welcome at a cost. But there is no subsituit for proper training in the Sea or Open Water.

We normally use a drift SMB when drift diving and a DSMB (Delayed SMB) when wreck diving, do you know why?

"You would be surprised how many people who have been scuba diving for years that can not safetly send up an SMB!!!

This course is very worth while" - Trevor Leyland - PADI Cpourse Director


You will learn about

  • Why use a DSMB / SMB:
  • Tides and currents:
  • Types of Surface Marker Buoy:
  • Types of reel:
  • Methods of delayed SMB deployment:
  • Risks and Hazards of SMB use:
  • Preparing the delayed SMB for use:


This course has 2 sea / open water dives, these can be wreck dives or drift dives often 1 of each, under close supervision of your instructor.

 Train in the UK - it's a little more demanding but..

You are qualified to dive in conditions similar or better than that in which you were trained!

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Who should take this Scuba course?

The PADI SMB Speciality course is for most divers as we do a lot of boat dives here in the UK and around the world, SMBs are essential. 

You need to have Jnr PADI Open Diver rating or higher, and be at least 12 years old to enrol in the SMB Speciaslity course.

How long does this SMB Course take?

We normally do the theory session at the dive site or sometimes in the classroom, on the boat or in the pub depending on the group and weather. The 2 SMB Sea dives are normally completed in 1 day or 2 evenings.

What comes next after your PADI Boat Diver Speciality

PADI EAN Nitrox Diver - Now you can enjoy your boat diving, wreck or drift you'll want to stay longer. This is where EAN Nitrox will help by giving you a longer NDL and No stop time under water. This classroom based course is the most popular PADI speciality and qualifies you to use Nitrox to give you longer no stop time, more time before you reach your NDL limit. You also need this course if you want to take up Tec diving or go bubble free with Recreational Rebreather diving. Book Now - PADI EAN Diver Speciality Course.

PADI Boat Diver - As most Drift diving is from a boat those who are not that experienced diving from a boat will benefit from this course. This is a 2 dive speciality. Often completed in 1 day or 2 evening. Book Now - PADI Boat Diver Speciality Course.

PADI Drift Diver - Drift dives can  be some of the best diving in the UK, Now you know how to dive from a boat boat why not learn how to get the best from drift diving. This is a 2 dive speciality. Often completed in 1 day or 2 evening. Book Now - PADI Drift Diver Speciality Course.

What is included in this course

Instructor Fees and Instruction.

What is not included in this courses

 Transport, Parking, Gas, Dive site / Dive Boat Fees, PADI Certification Fee and Kit Hire (Special rental rates for kit hire during courses).

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