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The use of a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) is seen by all organizations as an essential part of the basic equipment. Every diver needs to know how he deploys and uses an SMB and has also practiced it in his training. Do you use an SMB during your diving? Bas explains the different price ranges!
There are different types of SMBs in various price ranges and different brands. They have prices ranging between €20,- and €200,-. Depending on the application you use the SMB for, there is a suitable SMB.
Do you dive recreationally and do you want a safety stop at 5 meters? Then a buoy between €20,- and €80,- is probably sufficient. The differences between SMBs of €20 or €80 are in the way they are manufactured. The relatively cheap SMBs are open at the bottom, and blow up with the octopus and a loose bundle with rope. Their use is not easy. A somewhat more expensive SMB can be inflated with both the octupus, the mouth and the inflatotor tube. At an SMB of around €80 is often a finger coil (a catrol with 15 meters cord and a double ender). In technical training, an SMB of around €80 is often used.
If you are more advanced, and do some more extreme diving or if you dive technically, you probably want to make several deco stops or safety stops. The SMBs used for this are somewhat more advanced and more expensive. They have an extra recess at the top to put a light on and the possibility to send wetnotes to the surface with a message. These more luxurious SMBs also have a pressure relief valve.
Would you like more information about the SMBs, need help with your order or do you have another question? Please contact us or pay a visit to our megastore in Nijverdal. Our team of specialists will be happy to assist you!
The buddy line is a cord with which two divers attach themselves to each other. This is sometimes desirable, especially in poor visibility: it prevents you from losing sight of each other and ensures that you, as buddies, always stay close together. Very useful, but the cord can also be experienced as annoying. Fortunately, there is something new: the wireless digital buddy line: Buddy Watcher.Read more
A light is indispensable during diving. Depending on where you are going to dive, you determine the strength of the light. This has to do with, for example, the lightness or clarity of the water and the diving conditions. Night dives and turbid water require more light. Mares has an EOS light series, with 5 types. Rick tells you all about it!Read more
It is important that you wear the right heat protection for the conditions in which you dive. When you get cold under water, your performance capacity decreases. The amount of insulation you need to wear before a dive often depends on the water temperature, your activity level during the dive and cold sensitivity. After all, not every diver experiences the same temperature as pleasant. But should you choose a wetsuit or a semi-dry suit? And how do you choose the best suit for your dive? Let me explain it to you.Read more
Now there is a new dive computer on the market: the Garmin Descent MK1. This innovative computer is a smart watch, dive computer and sports watch all-in-one. As I work at Lucas Divestore I have immediately treated myself to one. I would like to tell you more about the unique functions of the Garmin Descent MK1, which also has a really cool look. Will you join me?Read more
A good underwater camera must be able to withstand cold, water and a bump. A popular and affordable camera that we sell a lot is the Sealife DC2000. This model has different variations and an extension set. I would like to tell you more about the different options, lenses and technical specifications. Do you still have questions after reading this blog? Then contact me. I would like to help you!Read more
Snorkel masks have been on the rise in recent years. The great advantage of a snorkel mask is that you do not physically have a snorkel in your mouth, so you can keep breathing through your nose and mouth. This allows you to continue to make saliva while snorkeling and a dry mouth is a thing of the past.Read more
Many (night) divers use a dive light. There are several dive lights on the market, from very cheap to very pricey. What are the differences between the dive lights? And which meets your requirements? I would like to tell you more about it in my blog so you can make an informed choice.Read more
The Netherlands is a beautiful country for diving, nevertheless many people look for the more beautiful waters outside the Netherlands. Our underwater world has a lot to offer: from beautiful colourful coral reefs to polar bears in the ice-cold waters at the North Pole. When you go on a diving trip you must properly prepare yourself. What is your destination and how much weight can you take with you? Tessa from Eigen Wijze Duikreizen gives you tips on how you can prepare yourself for a diving trip!Read more
A good breathing regulator is essential for proper breathing during diving. Lucas Divestore has regulators by several brands, including Apeks, Aqualung, Halcyon, Mares, Mares XR, Scubapro, Seac and Tusa. Which brand is most suitable for you depends on your wishes, budget and diving activities. Many professional divers choose for a Mares regulator.Read more
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