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09-11-2007, 21:44
Have you ever had to use your safety sausage? If so... why?

Capt Hook
09-11-2007, 22:19
We drift dive and have used it so the boat doesn't lose us if we get away from the group.

09-11-2007, 22:23
Well there is a difference between a Safety Sausage (which I have never used) and a SMB (which I have used) The SMB you shoot from depth and I have used it just to practice shooting it from depth so that I would have the knowledge to do so if I ever NEEDED TO SHOOT IT! A safety sausage you inflate while you are on the surface to help signal to your dive boat or use as backup flotation device. The SMB is basically the same thing only you shoot it from depth to signal the boat as to where you are if necessary or to alert your dive buddy if you got seperated, or to alrert your presence to oncoming boat traffic before you surface.

Just my .02 but I like having the SMB that I can shoot from depth over something that I can just inflate on the surface. I do however know some people that will shoot a safety sausage from depth. You just have to make sure you have just enough air in it that it will not burst on you before it hits the surface...


09-12-2007, 08:09
I have used mine as a lift bag a couple of times.

We used it as an ascent line one time looping a wreck reel under some structure then shooting it to the surface. Rode it back up and made the safety stop.

09-12-2007, 10:00
Never had to use the SS but I keep it with me-I figure sooner or later it will get used.

09-12-2007, 12:48
Yes, for safety stops and it let's the boat captain know where we were.

09-12-2007, 14:14
I have never had one, bad I know, but I usually do not dive on a boat, but I will be getting one for sure before I dive again, that and some sort of noise maker. Kinda got it scared into me (not a bad thing mind you)

09-12-2007, 14:23
have one always, but if i needed a marker for shooting from depth i have one as well, but rarely use it, unless i am looking for shark teeth in venice and the boat captain uses it to keep an eye out for us

09-12-2007, 15:06
Yes, it is good to have for safety stops, lets the boat captain know where you are surfacing.

09-12-2007, 15:08
I've never needed to use my safety sausage (emergency surface-only signaling device, to generalize a bit), but I have shot a bag (small SMB) from depth many times to mark my position for a pickup, especially in situations where a blue water ascent is necessary and there is no anchor line to follow.

09-12-2007, 16:44
Have you ever had to use your safety sausage? If so... why?

Safety sausage or SMB (surface marker buoy) are required by law in most states here in Australia.
SMB's come in a few forms. Basic bit of orange tube with the hole in one end to fancy bags with reflecting tape and place to write stuff on (Hi I'll be up in 10minutes put the coffee on).

There is also DSMB (delayed surface marker buoy). These are SMB's which have been attached to a line and shot from depth. Basic version is a cheap SMB with some line or cord (5-6m) with fishing sinkers on the end to specialised highend purpose made ones attached to large wreck reels. Technical or wreck divers have two. Orange and yellow. Orange is the normal i am ok and yellow is the emergency version.

I recommend that you at least have a basic version of a DSMB in your dive kit as it could save your life. I have witnessed a diver run over by a boat because they were just about to surface well away from the dive site. The skipper could not see the bubles as it just started to rain.

I use my DSMB all the time as I prefer to do drift dives. It marks my location to the skipper especially when there is a strong current. I have drifted mile or so off a dive site in strong current. Add to high seas and this is were the DSMB makes the skippers job alot easier. My DSMB is a good basic version attached to 25m of kite surfing cord which is attached to a thumb reel.

Also you need to practice the deployment of the DSMB as it takes a little bit of practice at first.


09-12-2007, 20:13
I've never used mine. I carried it when I went on trips but thought nothing about it if I was just doing a shore dive, etc. I always have a dive flag on the surface so why bother.

However, I was on a trip and witnessed a situation. Two divers got caught in a current and couldn't get back to the boat. Upon surfacing, diver #1 had their inflator basically come off the BC. Couldn't even orally inflate their BC. Diver #2 apparently had a leak in their bladder. Diver #2 knew about the leak and didn't replace the bladder because it wasn't that bad. However, when Diver #2 tried to float both divers the small leak became a big leak. When the boat finally picked them up they were exhausted.

Moral of story: FIRST: always replace a leaky bladder. POINT for THIS THREAD: I started thinking if they had a sausage then they could of used them as alternative floatation. At least it would of provided some flotation.

09-12-2007, 21:33
I have used it, from depth, to mark location on a drift dive with multiple dive buddy groups who get separated from other groups. I have also used it at the surface in heavy seas to ward off other boats, but help my dive op find us.

09-12-2007, 22:08
Actually, haven't used one myself. My dive guide had one when I was in the Philippines and always used it before we came up. There were usually boats in the area. Also gave us a reference for our safety stop. I'm planning on getting one for myself before my next trip.

09-12-2007, 22:17
I have once, me and my buddy went on a deep dive while the rest of the group dove on a shallow part, we surfaced and inflated the sausage, there were 4 ft. swells and the captain later told me the only thing they got to see over the waves was the sausage. I also carry a SMB which I use for safety stops. I avoid using the sausage for safety stops, and I make it very clear that if they see the sausage instead of the SMB is because something happened and assistance is needed.

02-25-2008, 09:49
I have used mine at least twice... Once in Coz when we got separated from our group (DM went with much lesser trained divers), and once last wee in the BVI. I use a thumb reel with it in cases where we may assend into boat traffic.

02-25-2008, 10:20
I have one and never used it. I was trying to see if that new safety device integrated into the BC by aqualung would fit the WTX, guess not. :(