DSMB / SMB finger spool set up

Please watch in HD!!

After moving over to a spool from a reel, I was having a real headache getting everything attached underwater and also had a few instances of the spool falling off my rig which was most disconcerting!!

Since using this set up, attaching and using the spool has been much easier even with the thick neo glove we have to use in the UK winter season.

I wish someone had shown me earlier which is why I’ve put the video up, so you don’t have to suffer my pain =D

Happy Safe diving everyone.


James Norwood says:

This is great! I’ve been experimenting for the most secure and snag hazard free way to rig up my spool and this is what I was hoping for. Thanks for sharing.

Timothy Leoi says:

Nice! Anyone else thinks Andrew looks like Peter Griffin from Family Guy?

Callum Mckay says:

I tend to leave my dsmb attached to the spool permanently and I’m looking for a way to secure it a little better. I use your methods on my other spool though. Most of my diving is done in Scottish sea lochs from a rhib and I’m always using my dsmb.

Clive says:

Andrew, Thank You 🙂

Ian Wood says:

Really nice and clear instructions, love the tip for the first little loop to help pull the line out.

Taraxzum says:

Thanks, doing this right now!

Stuart Law says:

Thanks good advice set up

bombousboy says:

Good video. Thanks.

Dave Klipsch Jr says:

Excellent video ……  thank you for de-mystifying the old spool and smb trick!!! 
Dive well and safe!!!

American Digger In Europe says:

Great idea! I’m going to make this mod to my spool tonight! Thanks for sharing this!

Emerson Pratt says:

Great video. Just set up my spool like this after watching your video and looking forward to giving it a go tomorrow.

pritchettpj says:

Thanks Andrew, me and my missing reel thank you! Should’ve watched this before!

FatherD says:

Hey Andy, off in Indonesia diving and saw your video. Great work, very helpful since I’ve just started to use an SMB. Appreciate your taking the time to share. Used it diving in Sulawesi for the first time. Worked like a champ.

nickyhify says:

Now I know why I lost my brand new spool on my first dive in the Maldives this year, and no spare, and none on sale on the Island, just their huge free issue spool with 7m of line. Luckily a friendly dive guide lent me his for the duration.
Very good vid.

Novrizal Herdananto says:

i don’t dive in cold water, but i always wear gloves.. this video really helps me a lot.. thanks for sharing from Indonesia

Martine Le Bec says:

Un grand merci !

Geetar2112 says:

Thanks for this video, it’s a great help! I shall try it out on Saturday.
Regards from Madrid.

Jennifer Cheung says:

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this. This is the best and most secure way I’ve seen. I’d like to have my SMB permanently attached to the spool so I don’t have to fiddle with attaching it under the water. Do you have a suggestion or a method that is also secure while keeping that in mind? Thanks!

David Mathieu says:

Bonjour Andrew !
Nice video to show us how it’s done. I have just bookmarked the link to your video so that my son and I can get our stuff ready for those cold swiss lakes.
Thank you !

K. Green says:

Very Interesting video. I may try this with another one of my SMB’s that’s not my primary, I always leave a spool connected to my SMB that I carry now. Of course I either wear tech shorts or dive one of my suits with Cargo Leg pockets and the SMB attached to the D- Ring in my pocket. Normal stuff in my right pocket and Emergency in my left. I highly recommend suits with pockets or tech shorts, but that is my own preference. Once you have pockets you will never want to go back to a slick suit.

Paulo Martinez says:

Great setup for a finger spool. Simple and reliable. Thanks a lot!!!

Mike McCann says:

Good demo. The wee loop on the side was new for me. I like it. Many thanks

Ivan Solomon says:

Very useful video with clarifications and perfect set up, thanks !

MdSteel7 says:

Very useful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your time 🙂

brinh123 says:

What a great, simple explanation of how to set these reels up. I especially like the demo at the start of how not to do it, and more importantly why not. I was recently taught this method on a TDI Trimix course, but found this a very helpful reference to come back to.

NEIL HAY says:

Great idea. That would work well with or without gloves. Thank you.

gaby P. says:

how come none of all these allfired great dive instructurs could ever show me this? Thanks a lot for this great instruction!

Kerato Conus says:

Great video, so glad I found this before I started using the spool. What brand are you using and what length do you recommend for UK diving (am thinking 45m cut to 30m as you mentioned)

Denisse Pohls Pérez says:

Thank you so much for the tips!!! Greetings from Cozumel

Francois Kerisit says:

Great advice also for divers from across the Channel ! Cheers from Normandy. 😉

proliteboss says:

Great video Andy well done

Christopher Nubel says:

Excellent set up, thanks so much. Simple, easy, works like a charm.

Thomas Pennington says:

Thank you very much for the tips. I found them very helpful

WBO Ploeg 3 says:

Thank you for the tip!! Greetings from Belgium. Dive safe.

Robert Osterberger says:

great! thx!

Salman Ahmed Ansari says:

Great video! Excellent way you set it up!!

Bob C says:

Best one I have seen so far. I shared it on Scuba Board. I hope you don’t mind.

SchmooSaysBean says:

Fantastic video, thanks so much!  I’ve been using a reel to date but don’t like the bulk and thought a spool would be better for travel and easier to stow in the water.  Was a little unsure of how it worked but that’s cleared it up completely.  Great tip regarding the size.  I was going to go for a 30m from Redhat as well but will now opt for the 50m.

Out of interest, what are they like to wind back up from depth?

Torsten Villnow says:

Very good video! Excellent idea for a setup with easy to follow instructions. I just prepared my gear accordingly for my next diving trip.

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