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Old 21 August 2014, 18:39   #11
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Guess what this flag means?!

Downside with any flag is they often are not visible from certain angles depending on wind direction ,
Dive boats seriously wanting immunity ought to have a rigid flag mounted thats visible from at least different 3 sides such as triangular shaped box .

Some country also have a minimum flag size .
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If you have divers down and they are all over the place surely using SMBs would be worthwhile
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If you have divers down and they are all over the place surely using SMBs would be worthwhile
When surfacing away from the boat we always launch a DSMB. Most people are not capable of launching one safely from depth or their safety stop. Where there is kelp it is impossible to tow anything at the surface. It is hard enough to swim through without snagging occasionally. Some states in the USA require a dive flag be towed. Although they bring along their own hazard. PWC's think dive flags being towed are great slalom courses, and fisherman have been known to pull a diver up. (Yeah most of us know to never clip off any line to yourself, but some don't.) Dive defensively!
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Boat cover guy should sort all those problems out
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I often send this to my Ex-RN mate and watch him titter over his PC screen;
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Is that "I need assistance, I need a tug"
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"I require a tug, I am discharging a dangerous cargo, I need a doctor"....phnarr, chortle, chortle etc,etc.

Very imature!

Going back to Nos's point, if we pole up to a wreck with fisherman on it, we go over to them, expalin we'd liketo dive it on slack and when this will be and when it'll finish and almost always there is an amicable arrangement agreed.
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As an old school BS-AC instructor and branch training officer it horrifies me to see the complete ignorance of the "A" flag on boat courses even by folk who say they are PADI instructors, and others who are doing intermediate or advanced but did their L2 elsewhere and were never told about the flag on previous courses.

We always include the A flag under IRPCS on L2 courses as well as the red plus white stripe beloved of certain folk. However the International flag under collision regs is the "A" and its not just in sport diving. When working out of Ijmuiden in NL it was a common sight to see damaged vessels leaning against the harbour wall as we came back to our berth. Divers over the side welding up the damage. Numerous A flags hanging over the side and often a guy at the bow waving an A flag frantically, mainly because the high speed boat we were running had unbaffled dry exhausts which made it sound like it was doing 20 knots even when we were crawling in.
The full meaning of the A flag is
"I have a diver down, keep clear and at slow speed"
and yes divers are a pain when we are fishing.
Flag needs pulling down when the divers are back onboard. We see dive club ribs speed past us so often with the A flag still flying like the 7th cavalry. That diver must be swimming like the clappers!
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Of course, you could be really pedantic and ask if this signal complies with the IRPCS requirements and if not, why not?

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What does this Red & yellow flag mean ?
Should it be used by dive boats picking up divers who have surfaced ?
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