You asked: How do you use a dive flag?

How close do you say to your dive flag?

Local laws regulate how close you have to stay to your flag, and how far boaters and skiers must stay away. For areas where no laws stipulate these distances, the rule of thumb is for you to stay within 15 metres/50 feet of your flag and for boats to stay at least 30 to 60 metres/100 to 200 feet away.

Do you have to use a dive flag?

Always have a dive flag in the water – it’s the law. 2. If you are still working on basic buoyancy control, pull the dive flag with you at all times.

Where do you mount a dive flag on a boat?

The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal stripe. A divers-down flag displayed on a boat must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed at the highest point where it can be observed from 360 degrees around the vessel. A buoy may not be used or displayed from a vessel.

What is dive buoy?

A surface marker buoy, SMB, dive float or simply a blob is a buoy used by scuba divers, at the end of a line from the diver, intended to indicate the diver’s position to people at the surface while the diver is underwater.

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What does a diver-down flag look like boat Ed?

Divers Flag: A rectangular red flag, at least 15 x 15 inches, with a white diagonal stripe is used to indicate the presence of a submerged diver in the area.

Is it illegal to dive without a dive flag?

There is no legal requirement for divers not accompanied by a vessel to display any flag, although many now tow ‘A’ flags on floats, or the red and white diver down flag. Swimmers and divers can be encountered well offshore. They can be difficult to see, especially in choppy conditions or in bad light.

When you see a divers down flag you must?

State law requires that scuba divers and snorkelers display a diver-down flag to mark the diving area. Vessel operators must not operate within 50 feet of a displayed diver-down flag and must reduce speed to “idle speed” when within 200 feet of the flag.