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Objective: Deploy a surface marker buoy (SMB) while on the surface (and underwater, where appropriate).

Value: An SMB is a signaling device. It lets those on the surface know your underwater location. It is frequently used to increase diver safety.

How It’s Done:

  • Your instructor will demonstrate the deployment of an SMB while on the surface.
  • If you are diving in an area that requires deployment of the SMB while you are underwater, your instructor will teach you how to do it.

Note: Although learning how to deploy an SMB is an optional skill at this level, it is a very useful skill to practice and to be proficient in. Ask your instructor to show you how it is done.

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