The WDS™ is unique to Surface Marker.
The WDS ™ was designed in order to create a safer and simpler process for deploying a Safety Sausage / Delayed Surface Marker Buoy from your Safety Stop depth at 5m (15ft).
Unfurls automatically underwater when deployed
By setting up the WDS in the manner described in the Instructions , your WDS™ does not need to be unfurled or unrolled before deployment. There are no moving parts or knobs that need to be adjusted before deployment.
Simply place the Stainless Steel Ring over your thumb on your left hand, ensure that all webbing and webbing loops and the buoy itself are on the outside of your fore arm (away from your body and equipment) and fill with your alternate air source as per instructions.
The WDS™ will now unfurl itself as your Surface Marker Buoy makes its way to the surface.
In the unlikely event that this does unravel as easily as it should, or you have deployed deeper than the operational depth, simply open you thumb and let the highly polished Stainless Steel Ring slip off your thumb.
Optimized Performance - no air spill
The WDS ™is weight optimized ensuring that your buoy will not spill air on the way to the surface or on the surface itself. The weight of the Snap Hook and Stainless Steel Rings ensure that all parts of the system are negatively buoyant so that if the WDS™ is completely released (assuming the buoy has been filled with air) the WDS™ will always keep the opening of the buoy underwater ensuring that the buoy does not spill and deflate. The large Stainless Steel Thumb Ring ensures that the whole WDS system is negative and once deployed will not create a free floating entanglement problem quite often faced with cheap string or cord.
Both the deployment and retrieval of the buoy with the WDS ™ is easy and can be simulated on land before the dive in order to ensure mastery of this simple skill.
Read the instructions here...
- Length 5.5m (18") / Width 2cm (3/4")
Red and White "Surface Marker Webbing"
Oversized Stainless Steel Ring
Marine Brass Snap Hook
The WDS™ consists of 5.5m (18ft) long and 2cm (6/8”) wide red and white “Surface Marker Webbing” with a large 316 Stainless Steel ring at one end and a Marine Brass Snap Hook at the other.
At the lower end of the WDS™ where the Stainless Steel Ring is attached is a small Brass Eyelet which incorporates an Elastic Bungy Cord and a Cord Stopper. The function of which is to secure the webbing before and after deployment in order to prevent entanglelation.
This reliable deployment system eliminates the need of a reel or spindle making this a good alternative for the recreational diver. The 2cm / 6/8” red and white “Surface Marker” webbing is easily seen underwater and can be used by you and your buddy as a reference during your ascent or to hold onto during your Safety Stop.
The Brass Snap Hook attached to the Stainless Steel Ring on the Buoy will ensure that there is always enough weight to keep the opening of the buoy under water once inflated and will not allow the buoy to deflate even if you should let go of the complete unit.
- Recreational Diving
- Use to deploy your Safety Sausage / Delayed Surface Marker Buoy from your Safety Stop depth at 5m (15ft) instead of a reel or a spindle.