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Quality delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs), surface marker buoys (SMBs), dive/cave/wreck reels, dive finger/jump spools and lift bags from The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop are essential safety equipment for scuba diving.

If you need help deciding which dive reel, wreck reel, cave reel, or finger/jump spool is right for you, or want some top tips for using reels underwater, please read our Dive Reel Buying Guide.

Most divers refer to DSMBs as SMBs, which is why the category here is called Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs). But technically they're different devices and the items in this category are actually DSMBs. See Surface Markers for our range of SMBs.

A Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) is deployed whilst the diver is submerged and generally only towards the end of the dive. A reel or finger spool and line connect the buoy on the surface to the diver beneath the surface.

DSMBs are not intended to be used to lift heavy weights. That's what a Lift Bag is for.

Tech Tip: Basic Care and Maintenance for Your Reels and Spools

Most overhead cavern and cave divers require three reels: one large "primary" reel with at least 120 metres (400 ft) of line, plus two smaller "safety" reels with about 45 metres (140 ft) of line. Many divers also carry one or more 15 metre (50 ft) or longer compact finger spools for gap jumps. Depending on the mission and instructor, sometimes a finger spool can be substituted for one of the required safety reels.

Open water technical classes require a 45 metre (140 ft) or larger reel and large surface marking bag. Depending on local conditions many instructors also require a backup bag and reel. Sometimes a finger spool is substituted for the reel.

As with most dive equipment, you should rinse your reel with fresh water following each dive. You should also periodically disassemble the reel, and remove any build-up of salt or sediment on its internal parts. We recommend pulling some or all of the line off the spool before each dive, then rewinding it neatly but not too tightly, so as to prevent the possibility of jamming during line deployment. If the line on your reel is new or very dry, we recommend pulling the line off into a bucket of water. This will moisten the line, precluding it from swelling on the reel and further preventing the possibility of jamming or damaging the spool.

Overloaded reels and spools are common and too much line can cause jams during initial deployment. If you are having a problem with jams, check the length of the line and try removing some excess if your reel or finger spool has been overloaded. Many finger spools come loaded with too much line, often so bad that they can't be used properly until some line is removed.



Berrys Reef

Shore Dive Shore Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

Berrys Beach
Berrys Beach | © Film Victoria

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 12 m (39 ft)

Berrys Reef lies at the western end of Berrys Beach, Phillip Island at the foot of the eastern side of Wild Dog Bluff. It's popular for snorkelling and swimming. Berry's Beach is a rugged south coast beach about one kilometre long and lies between Wild Dog Bluff to the west and Redcliff Head to the east on the southern shore of Phillip Island, looking out into Bass Strait. Berry's Reef features extensive areas of rock platforms, channels and smaller reefs.

Berrys Beach A10
Berrys Beach A10 | © Google Maps

Berrys Beach is 1 kilometre long and faces south-west. It is backed by grassy bluffs, with Redcliff Head and extensive reefs bordering the eastern end, and Berrys Reef and Wild Dog Bluff at the western end. Native Dog Creek also drains out at the western end. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 metre and has a wide, low beach fronted by extensive intertidal rocks and reefs at each end. The central 200 metres provides a sandy surf zone, although it is bordered by strong, permanent rips against the reefs.

When conditions are really calm and flat, it can be safe to try a longer dive by heading over to the Redcliff Head area. However, divers face a long swim back, or a long beach walk.

Berrys Beach Steps
Berrys Beach Steps | © Unknown

Location: Ventnor, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922
MELWAY Ref: Page 731 G8
Emergency Beach Location: A10

Parking: At the southern end of Berrys Beach Road, Phillip Island you can make your way from the cliff-top gravel car park down the wooden steps onto the sands of Berrys Beach. The Berrys Reef area at the foot of Wild Dog Bluff is the most interesting area to explore.

Entry/Exit: Enter the water at the western end of Berrys Beach and head out onto Berrys Reef. To exit, let the sea take you back to the beach.

Ideal Conditions: The beach faces south so best dived with an offshore northerly wind and calm seas. Best at high tide. See WillyWeather (Berrys Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

See also, Berry's Reef and Wild Dog Bluff in "Shore Dives of Victoria" by Ian Lewis, 3rd edition page 147.

Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Berrys Reef Location Map

Latitude: 38° 31.035′ S   (38.51725° S / 38° 31′ 2.1″ S)
Longitude: 145° 12.070′ E   (145.201167° E / 145° 12′ 4.2″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2019-06-09 13:56:19 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-14 14:55:42 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Pyramid Rock, 2,205 m, bearing 123°, ESE
Phillip Island.
Depth: 2 to 12 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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