When you go scuba diving you will notice at the end of the scuba dive that the dive leader will start to inflate a safety sausage. This is something that you will need to do sooner or later when you are diving, especially if you scuba dive regularly or planning on taking it more seriously. Either way, it is not as difficult as you might think and something you will need to learn. So, how to inflate safety sausage underwater?
Inflating a scuba sausage underwater is not as difficult but can be inflated by using your scuba tank or by using your mouth. You need to attach the scuba sausage to the regulator hose and open the valve. For mouth inflation just bite down on the mouthpiece and blow into it. The sausage will start to inflate and then release the scuba sausage.
In today’s post, we will go through in more detail how to inflate safety sausage underwater, so let’s get started!
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What Is A Scuba Sausage?
A scuba sausage, also known as a surface marker buoy (SMB), is an inflatable tube that divers use to indicate their position to other divers and boats. It is an essential safety device for scuba divers, as it allows them to be easily spotted in an emergency.
Inflating a scuba sausage underwater is not as difficult as it may seem. There are two main methods that can be used, these are as follows.
- Using the scuba tank – This method is the most common, and is suitable for divers who have their own scuba gear. Simply attach the scuba sausage to the regulator hose and open the valve. The sausage will start to inflate automatically.
- Using a mouth inflation device – This method is suitable for divers who do not have their own scuba gear. Simply bite down on the mouthpiece and blow into it. The sausage will start to inflate automatically.
Once the scuba sausage is inflated, it can be released from the diver by either pulling the cord or pressing the release button.
How To Inflate Safety Sausage Underwater?
Divers need to be able to inflate their safety sausage underwater in case of an emergency. Here are some tips on how to do it.
- Make sure you have a good grip on the sausage before you start inflating it.
- Start by slowly exhaling into the valve at the top of the sausage.
- Once the sausage is inflated, close the valve to prevent any air from escaping.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to inflate your safety sausage underwater with no problem!
How Do You Deploy SMB With Spool At Depth?
- The divers can hold onto the end of the spool and release it when they want to deploy the SMB when it is inflated.
- The spool can be secured to a fixed object, such as a diving reel, and the divers can pull on the line to deploy the SMB.
When Should You Use An SMB?
There are a few different situations when an SMB can be used. Most of these are common sense, these are as follows.
- When diving in an area with strong currents, an SMB can be used to mark the divers’ position so that they can be easily found if they are swept away.
- When diving at night, an SMB can be used to help other divers keep track of your location.
- If a diver is injured and needs to surface quickly, an SMB can be used to notify the other divers and bring them to the surface.
- If a group of divers gets separated, they can each deploy their own SMB so that they can find each other again.
SMBs are simple in design and implementation but a great safety tool for divers, and knowing how to use them can help you stay safe underwater.
What Is The Difference Between SMB And DSMB?
SMB stands for surface marker buoy, while DSMB stands for delayed surface marker buoy. Both devices are used to mark the diver’s position and help other divers find them.
The main difference between SMBs and DSMBs is that DSMBs are designed to be deployed from a depth of 10 meters or more. This is because they have a small weight at the bottom of the tube that helps keep the DSMB afloat when it is released.
DSMBs are also typically brighter and more visible than SMBs, which makes them easier to spot in an emergency situation.
No matter which type of marker you use, always make sure that you deploy it safely and correctly so that other divers can easily find you.
Finally, Inflating a scuba sausage underwater is not as difficult but can be inflated by using your scuba tank or by using your mouth. You need to attach the scuba sausage to the regulator hose and open the valve. For mouth inflation just bite down on the mouthpiece and blow into it. The sausage will start to inflate and then release.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on how to inflate safety sausage underwater has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.