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Old 06 January 2015, 15:40   #1
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Dive flag campaign

Erm perhaps I'm missing something but does anybody know the score about this website - Dive Flag - Diver Safety Diver Down | diveflag.co.uk

I've always know about the "A" flag but the symbol one with a scuba diver on is news to me. The red and white is apparently used in Europe and the states.

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Old 06 January 2015, 15:49   #2
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Erm perhaps I'm missing something but does anybody know the score about this website - Dive Flag - Diver Safety Diver Down | diveflag.co.uk

I've always know about the "A" flag but the symbol one with a scuba diver on is news to me. The red and white is apparently used in Europe and the states.

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Looks like somebody trying to make a out of numptys. I've had enough experience of w4nkers ignoring the "A" flag over the years, I've had "professional" dive charter skippers running over our divers around the Farnes, Jet skiers using SMB's as a slalom course I don't see how yet another flag will make any difference apart from muddying the waters (no pun intended) It has no legal standing, so you'd end up having to fly 2 flags, as you'd still have to fly Alpha.
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Old 06 January 2015, 15:50   #3
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I've been diving 25 years and always known about the a flag,this new flag just seems like someone trying to cash in !!!


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Mmmmm thought just as much!

BTW - Sorry I can't spell "campaign" - admins are welcome to change if they can!
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Agree with the pikey,,,you can have the biggest and brightest flag and 90% of pleasure boaters haven't a clue what it means!! Rant over!


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I've heard of jetskiers using dive flags as slalom markers.

Never seen the symbol flag before. I fly a (smaller than legal) Alpha and diver down when I dive. To be fair, where I am there is no legal requirement to fly a dive flag, and no legal meaning if you do.

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been diving since 1982 both sport & commercial we have to fly the A flag by law but as said before, how many boaters know what it means, not many that's why we back up with large signs for the un-educated,when sport diving we write diver down on the SMB as a back up too.
so this new sign isn't a bad idea if it gets the message across IMO

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I've heard of jetskiers using dive flags as slalom markers.

Never seen the symbol flag before. I fly a (smaller than legal) Alpha and diver down when I dive. To be fair, where I am there is no legal requirement to fly a dive flag, and no legal meaning if you do.

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I figure the flag is also good for letting the Coast Guard know why there is an unattended boat, and the location of the owner.

Since I have a small boat, I have a mid size flag.
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Had to laugh, seen the same stupid behaviours around the Alpha and Diver Down flag over the years and been scared sh*tless at times under the water watching the props pass over.

Looking at it another way, the Alpha and Diver down flags are hardly descriptive and while boaters should have the knowledge, they clearly don't and that won't change. Hadn't seen this campaign before this thread but it makes sense to me. A pictorial rep of a diver surrounded by an internationally recognised warning triangle. It can hardly be misunderstood. Maybe worth BSAC / PADI / DAN / SSI and all aother dive orgs getting together to look at this - if they won't change maybe for our safety we should?
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But unless the flag is flying it will be difficult to see the diagram / picture.

It still wont stop idiots.
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