Buying for son-in-law. I do not dive. How is this secured where he dives? To the boat? To an anchor.
Generally this is secured to an anchor of some sort. The string it comes with was scrapped as it gets too easily tangled. You could secure it to the boat as well, but it would still need some sort of an anchor to keep it in place.
It can be secured in a safe fashion to a person whether they are diving or freediving. The purpose of the buoy and chord is so that the Dive Flag stays within close proximity of the diver. If your son in law just needs a dive flag which could be put on a boat then don't get a buoy. If you want to get him an economical and multifunctional buoy (regardless of the dive flag) then this is the right buy.
The bouy can be secure to the diver or secure to an anchor depending on the dive profile.
The buoy is secured to the diver. I am a spear fisherman and I secure the buoy to my belt. I bought it about 3 months ago and have liked it a lot.
I bought this item only because these devices are mandated by state law where I dive. This is a good float for the money and meets the basic requirements to comply with local diving regulations. The only thing I would change would to provide a better tether line. I bought a very simple but better quality line a Home Depot. It hooks to a BC, or can be tied to a weight /anchor and drop or date the dive site. All in all it is sturdy enough for basic shore diving.
He can use it the way you mention, but it's mainly designed to be attached to a diver to let boaters know where the diver is located.
I suggest you replace the 60' cord with a reel/finger spool to avoid entanglement.
This is a nice item for a reasonable price, I have one but haven't used it yet.
NOTE: The scuba flag is too small and is not the legal size required for open water diving in FL. Replace the flag with a larger (FL FWC regulation size) one.
Eric, I am very happy with the product. I used it for freediving off of the shore while traveling. The fact that it is inflatable made it easy to put in my carry on bag. There is a clip at the end of the 20m of line that I attached to a loop in my bathing suit. A downside to the product is that the flag isn't regulation standard 1ft by 1 ft, so if you want to use it in a place like FL you will need to change the flag (or buy a buoy with a larger flag). If your son in law has a boat, he would need to fly a 2ft by 2ft flag from the boat. Having this would be an added benefit. It can be used to string fish if he is spearfishing. Best of luck!
It comes with a clip that he can attach to his bcd. I would recommend changing out the plastic clips for stainless for extra durability
To the gun or to himself. Gun is safest
Floats are not necessarily supposed to be secured. It depends on where he dives at and how he would use it. It can be attached to a float line and then to his gun if he is spearfishing.
If he is using as a float or home base it has rings underneath it where he can connect a kelp clip or anchor to keep the float stationary.
we used it for snorkeling for the most part I made a 1 foot long "H" shaped stick to wrap the slack up on I could also count how deep I was going. It clips to the diver so as you move the dive float moves with you.
It worked great! Flag is a bit short so I extended that as well but I am a bit paranoyd.
Hope that helps.
Neither. It's attached directly to the diver. He pulls it along with him so if he does a drift dive the boat....and other boats....will know where he is.
I secure it to my boat when I dive off the boat. You can also secure it to yourself and tow it along with you as you dive. You could potentially attach it to an anchor.
Regardless of how you secure it I would highly recommend a reel for this as the line it comes with gets tangled super easy.
You can do it anyway you want. I use this buoy diving close to shore therefore i secure it in my belt. But you can also secure it in your gun/spear if you wish.