Do you dive with a surface marker?

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asked Jan 29, 2018 in Scuba Diving by Cvet (3,369 points)

8 Answers

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answered Jan 29, 2018 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Yes me and My 3 Scuba bodyes do. But we have issues with intanglement All the time. We take turns on Who is going to be attached to it. Should we get one that is attached to the bottom or some lead instead?
commented Jan 29, 2018 by Cvet (3,369 points)
No attach to your BCC ring. I always am the one to handle the surface marker. During a drift dive in Florida sometime it's hard to keep being pulled by the current.
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answered Jan 30, 2018 by revgramza (1,095 points)
Yes always.  And I use it.  Even when the dive master sends one up for the group, I send up my own.  This probably goes back to the days when I first learned dive and I was always the first out of air.

It is such an easy/visible safety item, I am confused as to why every diver (buddy pair) does not use them.
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answered Jan 30, 2018 by dnadavis (545 points)
Always have one on me in case of emergency.  Don't do a lot of drift diving but I still find myself using it as a surface marker during the dive when diving in some locations, and is still useful to send up ahead of ascent to be sure boats and other crazy's see you are coming up.
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answered Jan 29, 2018 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
I agree with Cvet. Definitely use a surface marker. Good diea to attached to BCC ring.
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answered Jan 30, 2018 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
Yes, I always do. It can be a pain, but I would rather be safe than sorry. I use it and just hook it up and forget about it.
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answered Jan 30, 2018 by Knewsom (650 points)
Yes, though most of the time I don't have a spool attached.  I had to use it when I aborted a dive on my last trip.
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answered Feb 5, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
I always carry a delayed SMB with me when I dive as an emergency signally device but rarely dive in areas that require a surface marker for the entire dive. Some local regulations require that you dive with a surface marker to alert boat traffic.
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answered Mar 6, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I always carry one. Mostly use it when drift diving. I have my reel line marked at 20 ft and use it for safety stop reference.
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