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jsado said:We begin the dive, drop down to about 40ft and start circling the island. Swimming into a stiff current and sticking close to the wall. Here enters the problem. At 40ft the wall goes off in one direction and the island wall turns into 20ft and goes in another direction. We missed that turn. The water starts getting shallower. We start hearing MAJOR boat traffic. Boats start zipping along over our heads...........
The other side of the island is known as the "main channel". There is ALL KINDS of heavy boat traffic there....700ft steel freighters go through there 15 times a day.
Which state, Nevada or California?Its a State Law here. A freind recently had a flag on his anchored boat, but Fish and Game still fined him $190 because he wasn't 'carrying' the flag on a reel.
Attached to a float, buoy or boat which is visible to approaching vessels and which, between sunset and sunrise, has a light attached; .
and c) Prominently displayed within 100 feet of the location of the diver or swimmer.
...Nothing in this section will require the carriage of a divers flag for any purpose. ...
i never dive with a dive flag and sometimes you do hear boat traffic so its heads down and wait. problem also is that the weekend warriors dont always recognize what a dive flag is and ive seen boat drive right over the top of them also (last time was in a marine reserve boat exclusion zone!)I found out later he had a safety sausage tucked away in his bc pocket..... I don't have one, but now I think I should
For the dive team of course we do not use a flag but, for recreational diving around here it is the law with the exception of a few private mudholes we dive as there is no boats there.
I believe the fine for diving without a diveflag is $80.00 around here.