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Slim DSMB or Wide DSMB

Discussion in 'Lift Bags, SMBs and Reels' started by Domovoi, May 19, 2020.

  1. Domovoi

    Domovoi DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Hey everyone, thanks for all the responses. It gives me a bit to think about. I'll be primarily diving calmer waters in SD so the slim would probably be the go to. The charters I'd be diving with have plenty of tech divers so there will always be several DSMBs around. I may just go with what divezonescuba said and get one of each (eventually, I still want an AL40). I'll probably end up going slim, AL40, big. The shop will be happy :D


    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Taiwan
    I use the wide one. It's come in handy as a lift bag when doing clean up dives. I also find that as it is wider I can have a marking on it so that the boat captains or other staff can easily recognize it's mine when several dive boats are in the same area.
  3. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    4 ft, sealed, inflate with one breath, easy to store and handle
    How many of you have been lost at sea or ever plan to to be
    and you can hold it up, and wave it, or conduct an orchestra


    So go try inventing something for stuff that actually happens

    I got silted out in a wreck today, now that actually happened
  4. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    I have. The boat came back pretty quick, but it was deeply unsettling when my boat fired up the engine and left (on a night dive). There's a gopro video of the incident somewhere on SB along with my incident report if memory serves.
  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Apparently you haven't needed a larger one. Yet.
    Bottom Surveyor and stuartv like this.
  6. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    Yes having deployed more dsmbs than many, a dive count will ever have
    and even used a Diverite blob for a number of years in substantial swells


    The secret be don't dive with imbeciles and befriend the crew just in case
  7. divezonescuba

    divezonescuba Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, Texas
    During my trimix instructor course, we were lost at sea in the Atlantic. The guy who volunteered to shoot the surface marker only had a lift bag. He deployed it immediately after leaving the wreck. Apparently, this was not sufficient for the boat to see and it could not locate us after our deco stops. We were eventually saved by my signal mirror which I directed towards the closest vessel, a fishing boat, a mile away.

    My original tec instructor trainer always carried two dsmbs, a lift bag, and three spools/reels on any tec dive. I initially thought that was overboard. Now, I always take at least two dsmbs, two spools, and a reel. I don’t always carry a lift bag.

    There is a coast guard video of a group of divers who were rescued in the Atlantic after their boat lost them. They had different sized buoys and you could tell the difference.
  8. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    These fit nicely on the skinny Halcyon 6' SMB: SOLAS DSMB Stickers : DiveSigns.com: Reflective hard wearing vinyl stickers for all your diving needs..., Be Seen When It Counts

    (FWIW, I have them on a couple of SMBs and a lift bag and just used the adhesive on the back of the label, although the web site also provides instructions for beefing up the installation with AquaSeal or similar.)
    BLACKCRUSADER likes this.

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