Rules for Boaters and Scuba Divers

by Nicole L.

I am a boater and would like to know what the rules are regarding boaters and scuba divers. If there are scuba divers in the water should the divers be marked to let the boaters or water craft know what area they are in? Is there a set rule for this?


Concerned Boater


Hi Nicole,

That's a good question. And one I can appreciate since my husband's surface marker line was once hooked by a passing boat that was fishing. Some scary moments there to say the least.

Unfortunately, there is no set rule regarding divers and boaters. The law is generally done on a state by state basis.

Many (if not most) states do require that a diver fly a flag alerting others that divers are down. If a flag is required, there is usually a limit to how close a boater is allowed to come to the flag.

One law I've seen in several states is that a boater is to stay at least 100 feet away from a dive flag.

In addition, there may also be a rule that requires a diver surface within a certain distance from the dive flag.

That being said, some states (Maine I believe is one) don't require a dive flag to be flown. It varies with each state.

A couple places to start researching are http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Articles/FishDive/DiveRegulations.asp#reg

and

http://www.dive-flag.com/law.html.

For the final word though, I would go to your state website and find the exact law in place.

Hopefully this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks for getting in touch and safe boating.

Dianne

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Information on Scuba Diving.



 Want to stay down longer and improve your buoyancy control and other diving skills? Our free report "Increase Your Bottom Time" along with our practical, weekly actionable tips will have you looking like a seasoned diver in no time. So come join us and see improvement on your very next dive!
(Click on the photo to join us now!)



What's New

  1. Collapsible Water Bottle - 17 oz. Perfect For Travel And The Dive Boat

    Jul 07, 17 01:32 PM

    Our very own collapsible water bottle. Lightweight and made of silicone, it is perfect for travel, hiking, etc. It is also a great scuba gift idea for both the plane and the boat.

    Read More

  2. Scuba Diving T Shirts For Men And Women - Great Gifts For The Diver In Your Life

    May 20, 17 04:49 PM

    Our original scuba diving t shirts for both males and females. We have funny tee shirts too. Show your love of diving to the world.

    Read More

  3. Whalesharks, Sealions And Grey Whales In Mexico!

    May 18, 17 02:28 PM

    I know I have been quiet lately but I was busy in Mexico :). In all seriousness, we spent the winter in Mexico - but the beginning of that time period involved a visit to the dentist. This was my seco…

    Read More

  4. Scuba Gifts For Women - Buy The Perfect Present For The Female Diver

    Dec 01, 16 12:49 PM

    Scuba gifts for women - Buy a unique gift for the diver in your life; presents at all price points

    Read More

  5. Scuba Diving Gift Ideas For Under $10 - Buy The Perfect Present

    Nov 29, 16 02:11 PM

    Looking to buy an inexpensive scuba diving gift or stocking stuffer? Check out our picks for the best cheap (shh!) diver presents.

    Read More

CONNECT WITH US ON FB!

scuba diving gift ideas

Our Full Dive Course

(Link goes to our other site, scubadivetips.com)

Scuba diving ebook course

Buoyancy Control

buoyancy control ebook

Air Consumption

air consumption ebook

Boat Diving

Boat diving ebook

Ear Equalization

Dive Safety

scuba diving safety report

See our choices for the best scuba equipment for any budget.


What you need to know (and ask) before you book a dive vacation package.


Travel Business