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Old 05 December 2009, 03:14   #1
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UK and European divers: request

Any divers who are familiar with surface marking flags (apparently a replacement for surface marker buoys):

Can you by any chance pass on info on the flags? Need manufacturer, sizes, and possible North American distributors/retailers, if you happen to know of any.

Appreciate it;

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In Uk we use SMB's and DSMB's some of these do show the international "A" flag on then as opposed to the "DAN" flag.

Some divers also carry Marker flags that can be extended when the diver is on the surface as an aid to location.
We can supply these and are like the one shown here.

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Thanks, Brian;

I'll see if that is what my friend had in mind. I *think* he may have found a local source, but if not I may be touch with you.

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Jyasaki,

Some people have zip tied a strobe on top of theirs too thus enabling marking during poor light when the orange/yellow isnt getting any UV. They do work and most of our divers have them as well as DSMBs which are arguably a bit more obvious but can be quite tiring to keep erect....
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Surface Marker Flags

To be honest I know of only a couple of divers who carry a flag and I have never seen one used in anger.

We ALL carry a DSMB at least. They have many positive points over flags.

I have and continue to use my trusty DSMB on most dives, especially when travelling abroad, (I learnt that the hard way).

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Esclapez Diving now do a surface marcker bouy that stands up on end with the flag up too. Have a look here http://www.esclapezdiving.com/en/art..._-_balise.html
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Thanks for the reply, guys.

I think my friend started his search after trying to deploy a sausage in high wind (which was something less than effective, as the pressure in the thing was insufficient to stand it up against the wind.)

I'll forward your replies to him. He's currently searching for the foldable flag (first reply) on this side of the pond, so we'll see how it goes.

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To be honest I know of only a couple of divers who carry a flag and I have never seen one used in anger.

We ALL carry a DSMB at least. They have many positive points over flags.

I have and continue to use my trusty DSMB on most dives, especially when travelling abroad, (I learnt that the hard way).

Safe diving.

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I used to have one of the flags shown. It fitted just right into a piece of plastic pipe strapped to the side of my stab jacket, granted I never used it in anger... well apart from once in a big paddling pool p!ssed.
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