PADI DSMB Inflation Surface IDC Divemaster Skill Circuit Surface Marker

PADI DSMB Inflation at the Surface is a skill from the new PADI Open Water Diver course that was revised in 2013 –

IMPORTANT: this PADI Inflatable Signal Tube skill is not a confined/pool water skill. This skill needs to be performed during any Open Water Dive either underwater or at the surface. In this video I only demonstrate what you have to do when you perform this skill in the open water.

The PADI Inflatable Signal Tube SMB skill is an important diving skill to learn to in the event you want to signal for help on the surface. The DSMB (Deployed Surface Marker Buoy) is very easy to spot on the surface if fully inflated.

As a PADI Diving Instructor you need to teach the PADI Inflatable Signal Tube (DSMB) skill to your diving students and this skill might be assigned to you during the PADI IDC course and the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

PADI has not included this skill in the PADI Divemaster and IDC skill circuit. So if Divemaster or Dive Instructor IDC candidates follow the PADI Divemaster or IDC Course according to the minimal standards they will not practice this skill and they might not be ready enough for the PADI IE.

For this reason PADI Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg teaches his PADI Divemaster and PADI Dive Instructor IDC candidates to learn how to demonstrate the PADI Inflatable Signal Tube (DSMB) skill during the PADI Skill Circuit at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao, Thailand.

This gives his PADI Divemaster and PADI IDC candidates a head start in passing the IE and it will greatly help them to teach better diving and PADI courses in real life. The PADI Diving Instructor IDC course at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao in Thailand is one of the most realistic IDC courses in the world.

Please check out our related YouTube Divemaster and IDC video here:

PADI Neutrally Buoyant Divemaster and IDC Skill circuit:

If you want to learn one of the most realistic PADI Dive Instructor IDC courses in the world with PADI Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao in Thailand then please visit: and contact me by sending an email here:

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Dive Instructor Development Course (IDC) Koh Tao – Sairee Cottage Diving

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