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Old 12 February 2010, 19:03   #11
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Over here in the Colonies...

The red/white "Diver Down" flag is generally used by shore divers and most charter boats. In Canada anyway, it carries no legal weight except in some locations. For example, my place in Tobermory sits in the middle of a National Marine Park. The red and white flag must be flown by law and there have been boaters charged for coming too close to it.

Otherwise, the blue/white alpha flag is flown from boats. It carries legal standing as it means "I have a diver down, stay clear". Much of the diving I do is in (under?) shipping lanes. I fly the alpha flag and the diver down flag. I also leave Mrs. Stoo aboard with the VHF mic taped to her hand. On at least two occasions, she has "asked" 700' lakers to alter their course sightly and they were kind enough to do so...

But as others point out, a wise diver will surface at his vessel...
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Old 12 February 2010, 20:13   #12
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I hate Dive boats flying the A flag doing 30 knots! another pet hate is divers using slips as means to enter water, or hanging around entrances of harbour... and not showing flags etc.....

although I been told they can hear an engine and they hit the bottom....

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in shallow water, say 10m, we used to make divers tow an SMB, safety marker buoy, at the very least boaters who haven't a clue would think it was a fishing pot
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I have seen a number of dive ribs in my area. The Northeast ..
I have never seen any flying the dive white and blue flag while moving.

I have however seen a few with the blue and white flag flying while static and have always slowed down and given them a very wide berth .

and had a wave of thanks from the boat crew.

And the thing about the dive ribs some are a very long way out in the middle of nowhere.

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I do not dive myself.
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I have seen a number of dive ribs in my area. The Northeast ..
I have never seen any flying the dive white and blue flag while moving.

I have however seen a few with the blue and white flag flying while static and have always slowed down and given them a very wide berth .

and had a wave of thanks from the boat crew.

And the thing about the dive ribs some are a very long way out in the middle of nowhere.

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the flag denotes divers down and should be removed when underway
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I have seen a number of dive ribs in my area. The Northeast ..
I have never seen any flying the dive white and blue flag while moving.
I have, it had a wooden "flag" which was fastened to the console, it stayed up all the time.
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Old 13 February 2010, 04:54   #17
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I have, it had a wooden "flag" which was fastened to the console, it stayed up all the time.
slap your wrist, unless you're towing a diver on a sledge
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slap your wrist, unless you're towing a diver on a sledge
Does a fish box count as a sledge?

It was the dive club's boat I used to be a member of, to say the boat wasn't upto much was an understatement.
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So flags and outer markers are the norm then ok... and if my prop dices a divers head if he wanders its his fault then ? good..... I'm glad we cleared that up
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So flags and outer markers are the norm then ok... and if my prop dices a divers head if he wanders its his fault then ? good..... I'm glad we cleared that up
Is it the same when shooting seals and you accidently mistake a diver as a seal and shoot him?
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