The number 1 goal for diving is safety. Safety not only includes learning how to use your gear properly, but it also includes rules and regulations for sharing the water. These rules and regulations not only effect divers but also effect boaters alike. We’re right in the middle of summer so it is the perfect time to review some of these rules to make sure that everyone is safe this Summer season!
The Diver Flag
What is a diver flag? There are two diver flags. One is the international code flag which is alfa/alpha. This is a flag that is comprised of Blue and White and signifies that the vessel has a diver down and that other vessels in the area should keep low speeds and steer clear of the area. In North America typically use the Red flag with a White stripe from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.
Both flags signify there are divers below and please keep your distance. But there are a more specific set of rules that apply to the Diver Down flag or the SCUBA flag. Let’s take a look at these rules now. Remember, we’re out for safety!