How far from a diver-down flag must a vessel be before operating at greater than idle speed?
State law requires that scuba divers and snorkelers display a diver-down flag to mark the diving area. Vessel operators must not operate within 50 feet of a displayed diver-down flag and must reduce speed to “idle speed” when within 200 feet of the flag.
Do all boats need a divers-down 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, is required and must be displayed on vessels whenever these vessels are restricted in their ability to maneuver by the diving operation. …
What is the 50 foot rule?
Let’s generalize and assert that most relationship interactions happen among people who live/work 50 feet apart, plus or minus an order of magnitude, say 5-500 feet.
Under which condition do Pwcs steer most poorly?
Most PWC accidents occur from running into another object, most often another PWC. Operating in a crowded or congested area requires special precautions. Always keep a proper lookout as to what is going on around you.
When must you slow your PWC to slow no wake speed near swimmers?
Operate a motorboat or PWC at speeds greater than “idle speed” or “slow, no wake speed” within 100 feet of: A dock or pier. An occupied, anchored vessel. A buoyed restricted area.
What is the minimum safe distance to keep from a dive flag on the water?
Stay within 300 feet (90 meters) of the diver down flag or buoy in open water and 100 feet (30 meters) when diving in rivers, inlets or navigation channels. Aim to surface within 150 feet (45 meters) of the dive flag.