PADI SMB Course. Distinctive Speciality Instructor Training for MSDT, MSD.

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PADI SMB Course.  Distinctive Speciality Instructor Training for MSDT.  PADI SMB Course–diver also available for your MSD.

PADI SMB Course.  How many times have I heard. “All open water divers can do this!”  Use of a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy or lift bag is NOT a skill from the PADI Open Water Diver Course.  If you are a PADI Member and you think it should be taught on that course, by all means please write to them.  PADI Instructors must teach to standards, which means not leaving anything out and not adding skills if you feel like it.  Open Water is a PADI course, not your course.  Use of an SMB is one of the most hazardous things done during a dive, even for a course director.  You can suddenly increase your overall buoyancy and, in the worst case, shoot up to the top and.

  • Get a lung over-expansion injury, even if you do not hold your breath.
  • Get DCS even if you are not on a deco dive.


An SMB is most often used at the end of dive to show surface support where you are and that you are OK.  The PADI SMB Course teaches safe use of SMBs, both on the bottom and in mid-water.  There are two dives at the student level and one for the instructor cert.  You can cut your risk of a rapid ascent.  There are some ways that an SMB can be deployed, e.g.:

  • Empty your BCD into the SMB, so your overall buoyancy does not change.
  • Use the bubbles you breath out, at least to start.
  • Some SMBs are blown up with your mouth through a tube.
  • Use your octopus, but you could get caught up in the line.
  • Use a separate LPI whip, but you could get caught up and you are adding an extra point where your kit could fail you.


Each two months on the paradise Island of Malapascua, off Cebu in the Philippines, award-winning Course Director Dan Robinson runs.

  • IDC.
  • MSDT Prep.
  • Specialties.
  • Technical diving from Tec Basics through full Trimix Instructor and Tec Advanced Wreck Instructor.
  • ANDI Cave Diver.


I also run programmes on Koh Tao in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia or wherever in the World you are, particularly the UK!

PADI CD Dan Robinson MMath(Oxon) MCSI
PADI Course Director at WaterColors Boracay S-6775
100% first-time passes at IE. Specialising in training those who have neither English nor Physics as a first language

Global Instructor Development Courses, IDC Staff, Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI), Master SCUBA Diver Trainer (MSDT), DSAT Tec Instructor, Tec Deep Instructor, Tec Trimix Instructor, Tec Advanced Wreck Instructor, ANDI Cave Instructor

Thailand-, Philippines- & Sri Lanka-based, French-, English- & Thai-speaking PADI TecRec Course Director. Accepted CDTC 1st time. 1st-time pass at UK IE, no make-ups. Certificates of Excellence. Renewed & insured (DAN EU Pro Gold). Lead advisory career in international equity & debt capital markets/mergers & acquisitions

Instructor Trainer: Rebreather, Altitude, AWARE Shark Conservation*, Cavern, Deep, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, Digital Underwater Photography, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drift, Dry Suit, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air NitrOx, Equipment, AWARE Fish ID, Ice, Multilevel & Computer, Night, Search & Recovery (search & rescue), Self-Reliant Diver (solo diver), Recreational Sidemount, Tec 40, Tec 50, Tec 90, Technical Advanced Wreck*, Tec Sidemount, Trimix Blender, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Videographer, Wreck

Instructor: AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Boat, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Recompression Chamber Awareness*, Tec 45, Tec Basics*, Tec Trimix 65, Trimix 45*, Trimix 50*

Specialties: Advanced nitrox, advanced rebreather, BSAC, cave diving, cavern diving, CDAA, CMAS, decompression procedures, DMT, diving, EFRI, equipment, Evolution, FFESSM, FSGT, Full Cave Diver, gas blending, GUE, hypoxic, Inspiration, Instructor Examination, IANTD, NACD, NAUI, NSS-CDS, normoxic, PDIC, PSAI, SCUBA, SDI, SSI, solo diving, Speciality Instructor Trainer, Stage Cave Diver, Tec Cave Diver, Tec Deep Instructor Trainer, tec diving, technical diving, TDI, Tec Instructor Trainer, Tec Rescue, Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer, trimix

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