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I'm off to Fiji in a few weeks and from what I have read a signaling sausage is a good idea to have. I purchased the one from DAN which has good reviews. I guess I may be stupid but no instructions came with it. I know how to use the whistle and mirror. I figured out how to turn the light on but I have no idea when the light may be used. Can you help?
Also, I inflated the sausage by mouth to test it out and it probable takes about 10 deep breaths to inflate. Is this designed for inflation only by mouth? Rolled up tight, the way it came, it is pretty bulky. How do you usually stow this in your BCD and what are the clips which come on it for? Lastly, under what conditions/situations do you inflate the sausage?
Sorry for the dumb questions but better informed then not.
I think that one has a no lock connector that you can use with your BCD inflator hose. You can also inflate by sticking your octo in the bottom end and pressing the purge button- it has a baffle to keep air from escaping. You would inflate it when you want to make sure you are seen by someone on the surface or rarely if you need some extra buoyancy at the surface. You would ordinarily clip it to a D ring or similar somewhere on your BC.
You are such a lucky blighter. I'd love to be heading over there now. -Do ya need someone to carry your bags?
Hey I genuinely hope you dont need to use the SS. The Big W is one dive you might need it but let the surface crew on the boat know you've got it.
Am I correct that I connect it to the d ring on my bcd only when inflated? How do I store it in my bcd. Rolled up tight it is a little bulky?
Feel free to join me as my wife does not dive. 8 nights on Matangi Island and then a 6 night Blue Lagoon Cruise.
Bula (hello) medic
I carry mine in a pocket of my BC rolled up.
As for joining you. Bud if you're on Matangi then its gonna be dead set romantic.I suspect threes a crowd. :-) --ohh and my wife who does dive would kill me
Have you organised dives from the boat? The usual drill is that its pre aranged for the dive op to meet you but you need to let em know in advance.
Vanaka (thank you) for the offer though .
What you have is a SMB. A Surface Marker Buoy. It can be use as a Safety/Signal Tube as well. The main difference is a Signal tube should only be inflated at the surface. An SMB can be inflated at depth since it has an OPV (over pressure valve).
Dumbing it down a bit:
The most popular purpose of an SMB is to mark your position to the boat when you're doing your safety stop.
The most popular use of a Signal tube is to mark your position to the boat when you're already on the surface. The SMB does this job extremely well once you surface since it's usually much larger than a Signal tube.
Here's a link on how you launch an SMB at depth. I would not recommend you try this on your first dive but rather in a pool. The SMB used in the vid is about 3ft tall btw.
Alternatively you can also inflate it by your octo or regulator.
To deploy a SMB like that you'll need to buy a reel or a finger spool. The latter is used in the video. It's not necessary to inflate the SMB fully at depth as the air will expand once it rises.
For now I would stow the SMB on your BC D-ring and only use it as a Signal tube on the surface until you get a chance to practice deploying it in a pool several times with a finger spool.
If you surface near the anchor line or near the boat, it probably wouldn't be necessary to deploy one.
Once it's inflated you should not connect the finger spool or the SMB to you at all when you're at depth. When you're on the surface you can either clip it off to you or hold it in your hands. Talk to boat crew about your use for the SMB prior to jumping in. The last thing you want is to be waving one around and have the rescue swimmer jump in to "save" you.
A) Deploy it from your safety stop, to provide warning to boats that you will be surfacing. Use your AAS to purge air into it. Send it up to the surface using a small reel (i.e. finger spool).
B) Deploy it from your bottom depth, prior to ascent. This ensures the boat support can track you, should you drift away in current during your ascent and safety stop. At deeper depths, you can orally inflate the sausage, as 1-2 breaths is sufficient (the air inside will expand on ascent). Alternatively, you could still use your AAS to purge air into it. Deploy it on a line (i.e. finger spool again), and reel in the line as you ascend.
C) Surface deployment. If you are drifting away from your boat support on the surface, waiting for pick-up, then inflate the sausage to ensure that the boat can track you. Hold the sausage up, for maximum visibility. Use your AAS to inflate the sausage, holding the opening underwater.
Be wary that sub-surface deployment of a sausage (DSMB) can lead to risk of uncontrolled ascent. You need to be very careful not to allow any of the line to get tangled around you, or any of your equipment. An inflated sausage has sufficient buoyancy to drag you to the surface very fast - which leads to a high DCI risk. It's very advisable to get some tuition/tips on how to deploy a sausage sub-surface in order to mitigate those risks. Practice, practice, practice.
Here is a great video that demonstrates how to effectively deploy a DSMB/Sausage, using oral inflation and a finger spool/reel:
and another (using a Halcyon DSMB with oral inflate).. but you can get the idea for a AAS inflate also..
and another, not so slick, but using an AAS inflate on an open-ended bag...
This really depends upon the BCD that you use. As a general rule, avoid the 'Christmas Tree' effect by clipping lots of dangling items to your D-rings. It's a shame because most jacket BCDS actually have very ineffectual pockets, that limit your stowage options. Be creative - use bungee to create a DIY stowage option in a location that allows easy deployment, whilst retaining your streamlining.
Here's a video that shows you how to set-up a DSMB for easy access...
and another, showing how to pre-attach a spool to your bag..
Yup, the DAN one is very big when rolled up. You would be hard pressed to get that into a pocket. Just clip it off to a ring.
The light fits into a clear plastic sleeve at the top of the sausage - can be visible at night. The plastic sleeve also fits a light stick. DAN used to send the sausage with a light stick but are now sending them with the light.
There are lots of straps and rings on the sausage. You can use those in many configurations to also use the sausage as a flotation device at surface - a life ring.
You can orally inflate, use your octo in the bottom, or hook up your low pressure inflator hose to the same inflator used to orally inflate it.
By the way, the sausage will lift 35lbs, so you can also use it as a lift bag in a pinch - that is why it comes with the dump valve.