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Scuba divers or snorkelers must display a diver-down flag that marks their diving area. Vessels must remain at least 150 feet away from the flag unless the vessel is engaged in the rescue of a person in that area.

Scuba divers and snorkelers should not place a flag in an area already occupied by other boaters or where their diving operation will impede the normal flow of waterway traffic. Divers also should follow all of the water safety rules themselves.

Two types of flags are used to indicate diving activity.

Diver-down flag: red flag with white diagonal stripe

Divers Flag: A rectangular red flag no less than 20 x 24 inches with a 4-inch white diagonal stripe is used if on Oklahoma state waters.

Alpha flag: blue-and-white flag

Alfa Flag: A blue-and-white International Code Flag A (or Alfa flag), at least 3.3 feet (one meter) high and visible from all directions, must be displayed on vessels on federally controlled waters. This flag indicates that the vessel is involved in a diving activity.

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