The original A.P. Valves Buddy Self-Sealing Surface Marker Buoy Closed (SMBC - SMB Closed). Much copied but never bettered.
A high visibility signaling device and more. There's no doubt that safety should be a top priority for anyone hitting the water. This Buddy Self-Sealing Surface Marker Buoy Closed (SMBC) with unique internal valve helps to get you noticed.
A real gem of a product, the 1.4 metre x 20 cm wide orange sausage shaped SMBC was developed in the early 1990s and quickly became a standard part of most divers' kit.
The Buddy SMBC is simply inflated by purging a regulator or air gun in the open end. The really clever bit is in the mouth, where a unique self-sealing baffle – or duckbill valve – is forced shut forming an airtight seal on inflation and preventing the buoy from accidentally deflating on the surface.
The Buddy SMBC also features a stream-lining flap which closes over the mouth when used in a current to prevent any sea-anchor effect. It also has an over-pressure/dump valve which prevents the buoy from bursting and allows deflation after use. Because the SMBC stays inflated it is easy for the surface crew to track or for the diver to hold aloft and wave if separated from the boat. It can provide you with extra buoyancy in case of a BC failure.
The Buddy SMBC can be used as a delayed-action SMB for making a hanging safety or deco stop. Simply attach a line or reel and you have a superb delayed action decompression marker buoy.
Alternatively the Buddy SMBC can be inflated at the start of a dive and towed as a standard surface marker for drift dives. The SMBC is pulled upright by tension on the line and clearly marks the diver's position.
The Buddy SMBC is one of the best SMBs we've ever seen, which is why we dive using them. It is available with high visibility contrasting Red and Yellow sides. Perfect to get noticed no matter what the weather and water conditions are.
The all Red version is ideal for use as a standard Signal Buoy. For an emergency signal you can use the all Yellow version to warn the surface support of an impending "out-of-gas" situation (or any other pre-arranged communication).
A message slate, strobe or identification marker can be attached to the top eyelet of the Buddy SMBC to provide further information to your surface cover crew.
All Buddy SMBs roll up neatly for pocket storage, external attachment or other stowage.
Dimensions: 1.4 metre long x 20 cm wide
Colours available: All Red, All Yellow, or Red and Yellow contrasting sides