New Diver Search and Locate System onboard Andromeda
Last week the SEA MARSHALL diver search and locate security system was installed onboard Andromeda and now both our vessels are equipped with this essential diver security system. It can happen to any scuba diver that upon surfacing, they do not see their boat or they find themselves drifted hundreds of metres from the reefs or from their group. In bad visibility, with big waves in rough seas, not much good do bouys, mirrors or sound alarms.
This system has worked very well onboard Cassiopeia and the divers enthusiastically have been taking along their transmitters for the dives, so it has become a must for Andromeda as well. The SEA MARSHALL PLB 8 is a small transmitter, not bigger than a digital camera and it can be easily placed in the BCD’s pocket or on the tank.
Surfacing scuba divers, after realising that they had gotten far from the live aboard, activate the system. The receiver on the bridge registers the signal and alerts the crew onboard. The receiver shows the direction and the signal strength from which the position of the diver can be calculated. Given ideal conditions, conservative dive plans, appropriate experience and attention, drifting can be avoided but it does not hurt to be ready for possible emergencies and to always have a plan “B”.