Popularity of Diving and What Vessel Operators and Divers Should Do
Popularity of Diving
Diving is a popular sport, and divers can be found in areas shared with recreational boaters. As diving's popularity increases, it becomes more important for both boaters and divers to take special precautions.
Both divers and vessel operators need to be aware of laws that affect this popular water sport.
A Vessel Operator Should ...
As a vessel operator you should:
- Be able to recognize a "diver down" flag, a red flag with a white diagonal stripe floating in the area of the divers.
- Stay the legal distance away from a "diver down" flag. Do not drive your vessel between a diver-down flag and a nearby shore.
- Watch out for divers surfacing when you see a diver-down flag. Bubbles may indicate that a diver is below.
A Diver Should ...
For their own safety, divers should:
- Always display the diver-down flag and stay close to the flag.
- Use a stable boat that is suited for diving and anchor the boat securely.
- Avoid overloading the vessel with people, equipment, or supplies.
- Never dive or snorkel alone.