Delayed Surface

Marker Buoy Course

Learn to safely shoot a marker buoy from depth and why divers do it

surface marker buoy

Course Objective:

As you continue further into your diving career you will quickly learn that being able shoot a DSMB or SMB to the surface is an essential skill. In this course we will teach you to easily, safely and reliably deploy a DSMB giving you peace of mind if you ever need to.


  • ​PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher

  • 12 years old 

  • A signed RSTC Medical Form. If the diver has any YES answers on their medical form they will need to have doctor also sign them off.

What is Involved?

  • 2 - Open Water Deep Dives

  • Classroom session

Required Equipment:

  • DSMB or Lift Bag

  • Reel or Finger Spool

  • Basic Dive Equipment (all of which is included in the course price)

Required Course Materials:

  • N/A

How Many Students In The Course?

Our courses are smaller, allowing us to focus on your every need, as you become a certified DSMB Specialist. We enroll an average of 3 students per instructor.  Many of our courses are PRIVATE, with 1 on 1 Instruction.

How Long Is The Course? 

This course is 2 dives and normally completed in about half a day


Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Certification ---$200

Includes: Equipment Rental, 2 Dives, & Certification