Line Buddy Hands Free Diving SMB Reel
The Line Buddy would be fabricated primarily from durable but lightweight plastic and would consist of a housing that would hold a safety line in excess of 35 meters or more. The line is mounted on a spring tension mechanism that would allow the line to be extended and retracted in a manner similar to a conventional dogs lead. As the diver moves away from the safety float, the line would automatically extend. As the diver moves back towards the safety float the line would retract. The device would also be equipped with a locking mechanism that would halt the extension or retraction of the line. For example the movement of the line might be halted during a decompression stop. With this configuration, the Line Buddy would serve as a functional safety device for use by scuba divers, and also could be used by the emergency services such as the fire brigade, the Line Buddy could be secured to an exit of a smoke filled building or compartment, and the fire fighter would then enter or exit with safety.
The Line Buddy can also be made smaller for surfers.