LatitudeAdjustment - 12/11/2019 10:44 AM
Always and the bigger the better!

I knew a diver with thousands of dives who never used his SMB, decided to streamline his gear and left it on the boat. Coming up from the dive he got distracted and lost touch with the group. While two boats looked for him he was busy using his weight belt to bonk Silkies on the head who were looking to see if dinner was ready yet.

My daughter and I were doing a drift dive off WPB, the DM was looking for bugs and would tie the float off on the reef, the swells broke the line, he didn’t noticed and the boat was following the float :(
About the time we went up the boat realized the float was following the wind and not the reef. When we surfaced there was no boat in sight, my daughter tries blowing up her SMB only to find she had snagged it and it leaked which is the reason I now keep mine in a pocket. The boat did see the limp sausage above the waves :)

In Fiji our group got swept away by a current we hadn’t been told about, the boat said the only reason they saw us was the SMB

If nothing else get a yellow haz mat garbage bag that you can hold but those have to be held which is another thing you don’t need while drifting.

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