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Scuba Diving Tip: Put your name on your Surface Marker Buoy!

Mario Vitalini, underwater photographer, DSMB, delayed surface marker buoy, surface detection aids, scuba diving safety, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, RNLI, Nick Fecher, Egypt, liveboard diving

Scuba kit (including surface marker buoys) laid out to dry at the end of a liveaboard trip | Copyright © Rosemary E Lunn / The Underwater Marketing Company. All rights reserved

It sounds obvious, but have you written your name and contact details on your surface detection aids? The RNLI recommend that you do.

Mario Vitalini, underwater photographer, DSMB, delayed surface marker buoy, surface detection aids, scuba diving safety, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, RNLI, Nick Fecher,

Award winning photographer Mario Vitalini rolling up his DSMB | Copyright © Rosemary E Lunn / The Underwater Marketing Company. All rights reserved

A lifeboat crew recently recovered a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) floating in the sea. They didn’t know whether they had retrieved a misplaced DSMB, or if they needed to commence a search for a potential lost diver.

As a minimum you should write your name on your DSMB, because it helps the skipper to know who is underneath the surface detection aid when you are sea diving.

The RNLI would prefer it if you also add your mobile number. That way if they find your DSMB, they can learn within minutes if you are missing and need help, or if they have recovered the delayed surface marker buoy you lost.

Just grab a permanent marker and neatly print your details onto the DSMB. Remember the name needs to be read from afar. When the lettering fades, just refresh the text accordingly.

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