Divers and boaters alike should know what these flags look like and the rules that go with them. The rules associated with them are to keep everyone safe. Please take a look at the rules for Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas Waters. In one of my classes, I assigned “extra homework” for a student. Here is what they came up with.
SCUBA divers or skin divers in federal waters must display a diver-down flag to mark their diving area. Those spearfishing in Arkansas state waters must display a diver-down flag and are required to stay within 300 feet of the displayed flag.
Vessels not engaged in diving operations should stay at least 100 feet away from a displayed diver-down flag.
Types of flags:
- Divers flag – a rectangular red flag with a white diagonal stripe is attached to a vessel, float, or buoy.
- Alfa Flag – A blue and white International Code Flag A (Alfa flag) is flown from a vessel on federal waters.