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Best signalling equipment from the searchers point of view

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Navy OnStar, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. jsquaredFL

    jsquaredFL Angel Fish

    First off, thank you for the information, very helpful as I put together my emergency gear

    Secondly, would you have any recommendations for Sea Dye? I saw this OMS Dye Marker, Accessories: Signaling, OMS, OMS Dye Marker at the scuba toys website but I have no way of evaluating it.

    Thanks again and thank you for your service as a naval aviator
  2. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Solo Diver


    The dye marker is evaluted in the Surface Survivial Primer. All three links that DB provides are well worth the time to read.
  3. jsquaredFL

    jsquaredFL Angel Fish

    Yeah, I read those before I posted, I just didn't know if there was any experience involving other products that may be worth checking out. The articles only cover one or two different products.
  4. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    Welcome Navy OnStar, thanks for the great information.

    Done any left-hand turns lately? :D

    Connie '85
    ****ty Kitty '87
    JFK '88
  5. SparticleBrane

    SparticleBrane DIR Practitioner

    I like the idea of the Halcyon Diver's Life Raft. A little expensive at $269 from any Halcyon dealer, but you can get OUT of the water -- and that's priceless in a survival situation, especially if the water is cold.

    If you want flashy stuff to put at the top of an SMB, go to DiveSigns.com. I can't remember the specific name of it, but the reflective material they use is meant to reflect the light back to the source, rather than everywhere. Note that they have reflective tape/lettering for all sorts of stuff -- canister lights, stage/deco bottles, SMBs, etc. They even have "stealth" reflective stuff that only lights up when it has a light on it.

    My dive buddy has the reflective tape on his SMB. He took this series of pictures at night using only the flash from his camera...



  6. SparticleBrane

    SparticleBrane DIR Practitioner

    Doing something like that would be a good idea; you could probably put a lot of surival gear in there. What are the dimensions of that canister?

    I had considered the idea of buying a Halcyon Pro14 canister, or at least having one made that's essentially the same size, with a sealed lid. LOTS of space inside to throw things for ocean diving.
  7. D_B

    D_B Kimber/TekDiveGirl storyteller and memory keeper ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, Ca.
  8. Navy OnStar

    Navy OnStar Angel Fish


    I Haven't done any product research for the dye marker so I can't tell you which one is best. I have one from Survival Dye Marker but had to get a waterproof container to put it in. I would get the OMS one next time.
  9. Rickg

    Rickg Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Navy OnStar,

    The only thing you might want to consider adding to your list of emergency gear that you carry with you is a length (I use about 15') of nylon line with clips/caribiners on each end so you can clip you and your dive buddy together and anyone else that might be in the same situation with you in order to make for a bigger target.
  10. Saltwater Junky

    Saltwater Junky Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Bonaire, GA
    This is a great thread! There is a lot of wonderful ideas and info for all divers to consider.

    Thanks to all.

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