OMS Surface Marker Buoy

A Review

OMS Surface Marker Buoy Review

Overview

Using a surface marker buoy shouldn’t be a problem for any scuba diver that is a fact. The truth, however, is that many of the SMBs around today does not come with such luxury. They give divers series of challenges such as difficulty with inflation while underwater. But the OMS surface marker, being a closed-open bottom that allows scuba divers to inflate the SMB using the second stage of their regulator or orally inflated. In this OMS surface marker buoy review, we shall be revealing the design and functions of this hybrid SMB.

The OMS SMB offers users a special unit which has manual dump valves and unique “non-air spill” openings. These openings are specially designed to prevent the SMB from dumping air or taking in water when it gets to the surface. Here you have a very dynamic and versatile gear that meets your needs while still providing unrivaled satisfaction for you.

This OMS surface marker buoy is good gear for divers who are performing drift or decompression dives and has proven to be very useful in recreational dives too. This closed bottom 3.3 foot (1 meter) surface marker is made of high visibility yellow or orange airtight nylon. It can be inflated by mouth or by use of BC low-pressure inflator hose. Above all, it is effortless to inflate, deploy and utilized in all areas.

OMS closed bottom features a No-Lock ability that makes it much easier to inflate and deploy, little wonder it has been fancied by divers across varying category of expertise and experience. It also provides you with the ability to manage the buoy by manually controlling it through the dump/over pressure valve that is attached. More so, the closed bottom is a cursory measure to forestall incidence of unconscious deflation that can wreck your marker’s intent.

OMS Surface Marker Buoy Review

Designed in an Orange and Yellow colored nylon material for high visibility, you can count on the OMS closed bottom to give you the needed visibility in calm, tropical waters. It also has a nylon loop that helps in stowing away the SMB when it is deflated.

In a nutshell, you need to know that this SMB is well fitted for new entrants and recreational diving in calm and tropical waters. Given the size, it is best for this kind of diving conditions and won’t cause any issue if it is not taken for use outside of these circumstances.

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Specs

Material Nylon
Dimension 3.3 Inches (i.e. 1 meter) or 6 Inches (i.e. 1.83 meters)
Color Yellow or Orange
Inflation Valve Yes, Non-Locking LP QD Hose Coupling
Over-Pressure Relief Valve Present
Manual Dump Valve Present

 

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Features

  • OMS Surface Marker Buoy Closed Bottom
  • Two Models: 3.3′ (1 meter) or 6′ (1.83 meter)
  • High Visibility Yellow or Orange
  • Construction: Airtight Nylon
  • Inflated Orally or By Use of BC Low-Pressure Inflator Hose
  • No-Lock” Inflator Nipple: Keeps BC Quick-Disconnect Hose from Locking-On
  • Dump/Overpressure Valve with Manual Pull Cord
  • Stainless Steel D” Ring for Attaching Safety Stop Line
  • Closed Bottom Design: Prevents Accidental Deflation
  • Corrosion Resistant Spring Loaded Gate Clip with 360° Swivel
  • Reflective Tape at Top: Easy Identification at Night or Low Light Conditions
  • Nylon Loop to Aid in Stowing when Deflated


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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • High visibility closed bottom surface marker
  • Available in high visibility yellow or orange
  • Durable, airtight nylon construction
  • Closed bottom prevents accidental deflation
  • Top reflective tape for low light visibility

CONS:
  • Material is made of nylon alone

 

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Editors’ Opinion

The OMS SMB offers users a special unit which has manual dump valves and unique “non-air spill” openings. These openings are specially designed to prevent the SMB from dumping air or taking in water when it gets to the surface.

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