See Me - Hear Me - Find Me
Quality dive kit that is better by design. With the focus on
performance and dive-safety - from the original
self-sealing Surface Marker Buoy, the unique "no-snag"
AP Pocket Reel, to the superb Buddy Blast
emergency air-horn... We've got your back.
SURFACE MARKER BUOYS
Be seen – Be safe
THE AP SMBC – the original self-sealing “sausage” Surface Marker Buoy
The AP SMBC (SMB closed or self-sealing) was developed by the same UK design team at AP Diving that produced the world-beating Commando BCD. Measuring 1.4m x 20cm this sausage shaped SMBC was developed in the early 1990s and quickly became a mainstay of a divers’ kit.
- Available in Red, Red & Yellow or Yellow
- No accidental deflation on the surface due to a unique self-sealing duckbill valve in the mouth
- Handy top eyelet for attaching message slate, ID marker or reflector
- Rolls up neatly. Store in your pocket or in the custom SMB pouches on AP BCDs
Easy to use and effective, the SMBC is inflated by purging a regulator or air gun into the open end. In the mouth, a unique self-closing baffle – or duckbill valve – forms an airtight seal immediately on inflation, preventing the buoy from accidentally deflating on the surface.
An over-pressure/dump valve prevents the buoy from being over-inflated and potentially damaging the seams. It also allows easy deflation after use. Because the baffle prevents air spillage the SMBC stays inflated so it’s easy for surface crew to track or for a diver to hold aloft and wave if separated from the boat.
Simply attach a line or reel and you have a superb delayed action decompression marker buoy. Alternatively, it can be inflated at the start of a dive and towed as a standard surface marker. The SMBC is pulled upright by tension on the line and clearly marks the diver’s position.
All AP SMBs now come in high visibility contrasting Red and Yellow or all-Yellow versions – ideal as Signal Buoys. Use as an emergency signal to warn surface support of an impending ‘out-of-gas’ situation (or any other pre-arranged communication).
SMBs roll up neatly for pocket storage, external attachment or stowage in the custom SMB pouches now standard on the Commando and Commando Explorer BCDs.
AP SMBCi – WITH MINI-CYLINDER INFLATION
- Fast, simple deployment
- No need to use your expensive nitrox to inflate your SMBC
- Conserve your gas – save your breathing gases for… breathing
- Easy refill from standard air cylinder
- Dual inflation – if you forget to fill your mini-cylinder, you can still inflate via the baffle
All the advantages of the AP SMBC plus an independent inflation mini-cylinder (0.1 litre 232 bar available with either DIN or Int A-clamp fittings). The mini-cylinder is easily replenished by decanting from a standard air cylinder. It folds neatly away inside the rolled-up SMB Stow it in a pocket, attach to an external D ring or store in the dedicated SMB velcro pouch on the Commando and Commando Explorer BCDs.
Dimensions: 1.4m long x 20cm wide
Mini-cylinder: 115mm long, 0.1 litre 232BAR (Int A-clamp or DIN)
Colours: Red, Red & Yellow or All-Yellow
Designed with safety and convenience in mind – the AP Pocket Reel is a real gem.
It’s unique safety feature is that the 40m line is completely encased in it’s domed body. This means that the line cannot slip off the reel and become tangled – a common and dangerous occurrence with other make reels.
Only 7.5cm in diameter by 5cm deep – the AP Pocket Reel is the exact opposite of a bulky, cumbersome navigation reel. Weighing only 205g the Pocket Reel can be easily stowed in your BCD pocket or clipped unobtrusively to a D Ring and it sits neatly in the palm of your hand, when in use.
The high-strength 40m line is designed to float so that it rises above wreckage or the seabed when used as a navigation reel – reducing entanglement and making the return journey easier.
The AP Pocket Reel – made for your hand.
The dome side sits comfortably in your palm while you simply release and lock with your thumb. You can also remove the spring so that the thumb catch has a lock-on/click-off action. If you’re using it as a navigation reel, the comfort-padded strap with toggle adjustment simply tightens onto your wrist.
The 40m line – specced for optimum combination of strength and flotation – has a breaking strain of 50kg and is positively buoyant.
A large loop in the end of the cord makes tying off at the shot-line or connection to an SMB a simple operation. The winding handle also features a groove which is useful for temporary lock-off of the line.
We’ve used a durable polypropylene with a chromed brass centre spindle which provides structural strength and ultra-smooth reel operation.
THE AP BUDDY BLAST
EMERGENCY AIR HORN
Be heard – Be safe
- Easy activation – Just squeeze
- Easy-to-locate – sits in-line with your BCD inflator
- 136dB blast will capture your group’s attention
The AP BUDDY BLAST surface emergency air-horn is compact, easy to use and packs an almighty punch with a huge 136dB blast of attention-grabbing noise. No worries about being left behind if you’re separated from your boat cover.
No Buttons – Just Squeeze
The BUDDY Blast is so easy to find and operate – even with cold hands or gloves. Unlike other makes, there are no buttons to find, you just grab the whole thing and squeeze the spring-loaded body to operate.
The Blast works with a medium pressure hose and sits in-line between the hose and either of the two A.P.Valves – the APV200 inflator or the Auto Air octo-inflator. It’s the only air horn on the market that doesn’t impede the Auto Air’s normal breathing operation.
Both versions come with a 61cm (24”) medium pressure hose with a swivel connection so that the unit can be rotated to the ideal position.
Warning: hold away from ears during operation.
THE AP BUDDY LINE
Be together – Be safe
- Essential safety kit in certain conditions – don’t dive without it
- Ultra tough – you can rely on it to keep you connected
- High visibility suitable for poor/extreme conditions
The AP BUDDY LINE keeps you in constant contact with your dive partner in difficult conditions – poor visibility, in a rip current, when drift diving or any training situation where the instructor wants to ensure contact with the student. It can also be used as a Jon-line for ‘hands-free’ attachment at the deco-stop
Keep close to your buddy
The 1.2m line is made from the toughest 25mm bright yellow webbing and features a loop at one end for hand or D ring attachment and a brass spring clip at the other to link to your buddy – or the shot line. It can also be clipped to a second BUDDY LINE to double the distance between divers if preferred. The webbing line stows neatly into its own small neoprene pouch secured with a spring-toggle – from which it is instantly deployable.
AP LIFT BAGS
2 sizes, 4 models, all events catered for
Comprehensive range to suit your dive
We make 2 sizes of lift bag – 25kg and 65kg – in 4 versions:
- LB25 & LB65: open-ended -tapered shape reduces air spillage
- LB25DV & LB65DV : as above – open-ended but with an AP5 over-pressure/dump valve
- LB25C & LB65C: closed or self-sealing – with a unique duckbill valve that seals preventing accidental air spillage
- LB25Ci: closed with dedicated 0.4 litre inflation mini-cylinder. Conserve your breathing gas
AP Lift Bags are manufactured from heavy-duty polyurethane-coated nylon. All seams are high frequency welded for consistent and durable seals.
Available either open-ended – with a tapered shape that reduces accidental air spillage -or closed-ended with our unique internal baffle that self-seals on inflation preventing accidental loss of buoyancy during lift and at the surface.
Both open-ended lift bags are also available with an AP5 over-pressure/dump valve.
The LB25Ci – 25kg self-sealing lift bag comes with a 0.4 litre 232 bar mini-cylinder. A dedicated inflation cylinder makes deployment of the lift bag very simple and is a popular choice with nitrox and trimix divers who do not want to waste their expensive breathing gases inflating the bag. The 0.4 litre mini-cylinder is easily replenished by decanting from the pillar valve of a regular air cylinder.
The LB25Ci can either be used conventionally as a lift bag or it can be used as a heavy-duty Surface Marker Buoy.
ACCESSORIES, SPARES AND REPLACEMENT PARTS
All British-built and backed by our famous no-fuss service.
Because we build 95% of the kit here in our UK factory, spare parts for all our sport and technical diving products – from rebreathers to BCDs to our dive accessory range – are ready-to-hand and rarely out of stock.
Advice from divers who use the kit all the time is always only a telephone call or email away.