Buoy Setup
Buoy Setup
The diagram shows the safety equipment that comes standard with each buoy.

  • Each buoy comes with a lanyard.
  • Before your first dive, practice operating the lanyard quick-release.
  • Wear this lanyard on every dive.
  • After your dive, take the lanyard off your own wrist and fasten it to the wrist of the next diver.
  • If your lanyard ever gets tangled while you are underwater, take it off your wrist using the quick-release and swim up without it.

  • The stopper is fastened to the rope more than 2 meters above the bottom weight or anything else that can entangle the lanyard.
  • The stopper is too big for the lanyard's carabiner to pass over.
  • So when you are tied in to the line via the lanyard, you cannot fall past the stopper.

Bottom Weight
  • The bottom weight holds the line vertical, allowing you to use the line to descend.
  • Bottom weights typically weigh 20-30 lbs.
  • Practice pulling the line up while setting the line to a diver's requested depth, to make sure you can do so comfortably in a rescue situation.
  • If you are too buoyant to use the line to descend without pulling up the bottom weight, you can: kick to help yourself get down; wear a bit more weight (as long as you still pass the surface exhale test); or, if you are wearing a dry or semi-dry scuba wetsuit, switch to a freediving wetsuit like this one, which will be less buoyant but equally warm.

  • The pulley operates like a ratchet, allowing you to pull up some line then take a rest, without the line slipping back down.
  • To pull up the line, put your foot on the carabiner above the pulley and pull.
  • In a rescue situation, you can retrieve a blacked out freediver from deep underwater using this method.