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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.

David Parker of AP Valves

We regret to announce that David Parker, Company Chairman and co-founder of AP has died.

He helped shape British diving over four decades, initially inventing and then manufacturing the AP Valve (the Angela Parker Valve).  This very simple and reliable breathing valve allowed divers to breathe the emergency air carried in the small ABLJ bottles fitted to the Fenzy and later the Buddy jackets.  Whilst it seems impossible to imagine now because almost every diver carries an alternative air source, ie an Octopus, this wasn’t always the case. When the AP Valve was invented alternative air sources were just a pipe dream, hence this valve was much valued because it was an effective way of getting air to breathe in those first critical moments of an “out of air situation”.

In 1972 David created the first Buddy buoyancy jacket and it was one of the first manufactured with a direct feed low pressure inflator.  Two years later in 1974 David again was an innovator producing polyurethane HF welded buoyancy jackets – the only sensible production technique that is used today for all BCs and Counterlungs.

He also invented the self-sealing surface marker buoy and was running the company when the Buddy Pacific, Arctic, Sea King, and Commando jackets were developed and first sold.

David Parker was a founding member of the North Warwicks Sub Aqua Club and was BSAC Instructor No.177.

In 2007, he was awarded a much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award by Diver Magazine for his lasting contribution to the diving industry. As of today’s date, the only lifetime achievement award they have made.

He leaves behind an incredible legacy in the shape of AP Valves and Ambient Pressure Diving.