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Diver-Down Flag

Any vessel involved in diving operations where persons are scuba diving, skin diving, or snorkeling from a vessel must display a rigid replica of the Alfa flag to mark its diving operation.

If operating at night, three all-round lights in a vertical line must be displayed where they can be seen best. The highest and lowest lights must be red with a white light in between.

Diver-Down Flag

A rectangular red flag with a white diagonal stripe may be used to indicate the presence of a submerged diver in the area, but it does not meet the state and federal requirements for display.

Diver-Down Flag

Divers Flag

Alfa Flag

A blue and white Interna­tional Code Flag A (or Alfa Flag), at least 3.3 ft. high and visible from all directions, is required and must be displayed on vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver by the diving operation.

Alfa Flag

Alfa Flag

Skier-Down Flag

A brilliant orange or bright red flag at least 12 x 12 inches and mounted on a pole at least 24 inches long.

Skier-Down Flag

Skier-Down Flag

Washington law states that vessels towing person(s) on water skis, a wakeboard, an inner tube, or any other similar devices must carry and use a skier-down flag whenever the towed person(s) is preparing to ski or has fallen into the water.

Remote-operated personal watercraft (PWCs designed to be operated by a towed person) must have a skier-down flag attached to the PWC.