# What is the minimum distance from divers down flags at which you may operate a vessel?

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## 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.

## 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.

## What is the minimum distance between boats?

A: Boaters should keep their distance from all military, cruise line, or commercial shipping. Do not approach within 100 yards, and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. naval vessel.

## How do I know if I am properly weighted for diving?

If you’re properly weighted, you should hover with the water’s surface at or slightly above eye level, with your forehead brushing the surface. Demonstrate negative buoyancy by sinking past eye level as you exhale. If you can easily descend when exhaling, fin back to the surface and establish positive buoyancy.

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## Can you drink on a boat in Illinois?

You cannot operate a boat in Illinois with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher or while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any combination “which renders [you] incapable of safely operating any watercraft.” The criminal consequences, as you may imagine, are severe.

## Is Bow riding legal?

Bow riding is not only dangerous, it’s illegal.

## How far of a distance is it recommended that a PWC?

Improper Distance for PWC means that, if operating at greater than “slow, no wake speed,” PWC also must: Stay at least 200 feet from any Great Lakes shoreline. Not cross within 150 feet behind another vessel other than another PWC.