The Buddy Pocket Reel has 40 metres of line and is 7.5 cm in diameter by 5 cm deep. It's the perfect solution to the problem of bulky and cumbersome SMB or Navigation reels. Weighing in at only 205 gm the Buddy Pocket Reel can be easily stowed in your BCD pocket or clipped unobtrusively to a D-ring.
This little reel is one of the most misunderstood items of diving equipment available today. It's a fanstastic, easy to use solution to the problem of deploying your surface marker buoy so that you can ascend safely to the surface with everyone knowing your location. Better still, with 40 metres of line, you can deploy from the bottom where it's much easier to do so.
It can also be carried discreetly in a pocket, and in the event of a diver finding himself unplanned in an overhead environment, it can be pulled out to lay a line, while you're secure in the knowledge that the line is as free and untangled on its spool as the day you put it there.
The whole of the line is wound inside the casing, and to find the large O-ring that marks its end means winding on until it appears, before winding back a little to allow it to pop out.
The dome-sided design sits comfortably in the palm of the hand and a simple press-release / auto-lock-action spring mechanism is ideally placed for thumb operation. Alternatively, the spring can be removed so that the thumb catch has a lock-on/click-off release action, if preferred. (We prefer not to do this.)
The Buddy Pocket Reel also features a comfort-padded strap with toggle adjustment for tightening onto the wrist when used as a navigation reel.
The reel is wound with 40 metres (130 feet) of floating line - manufactured to AP Diving's own specifications for the optimum combination of strength and flotation.
The cord has a breaking strain of 50 kg and the advantage of being positively buoyant which means that it will rise above the sea-bed or wreckage when played out and so help avoid entanglement. If the line is accidentally wound all the way into the reel body, the end is easily identified and recovered by means of a large attached O ring.
A large loop in the end of the cord makes tying off at the shot-line or connection to a surface marker buoy (SMB) a simple operation. The winding handle also features a groove which is useful for temporary lock-off of the line.
The Buddy Pocket Reel is constructed from durable polypropylene with a chromed brass centre spindle which has the double function of providing structural strength and ultra-smooth reel operation.
The first thing you must do on buying one of these reels is to unwind all the line and reel it back in, because it might have been pulled tight when it was installed by machine during manufacture.
Warning: As instructed, you SHOULD NOT have a reel attached to any part of your kit or use the wrist-strap when sending an SMB to the surface.