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Diver Down Flag Reminder From FWC For Lobster Season

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Mini lobster season is this week and then regular season shortly after that.  The amount of people in the water will increase exponentially as they tap this fishery for great fun and even better eating. Learn the rules for your diver down flag or someone else’s and keep everyone safe.

Know the rules and keep everyone safe.

Diver Down Flag Regulations

To stay within the law, boaters must:
Stay at least 300-feet away from a divers-down device when in open waters such as bays, oceans and the gulf (300 feet=football field).
Stay at least 100-feet away from a divers-down device when in narrow waterways such as rivers or canals.
Travel at idle speed, fully settled in the water, if the boat must pass within the distances stated above.

divers rulesThis is the WRONG way to display a divers-down flag.

A divers-down device from a boat must:

  • Be displayed from the highest point of the boat so that its view is not obstructed in any direction.
  • Be at least 20 inches by 24 inches. 
  • Have a stiffener in a flag to keep it extended (visible) when there is no wind.

scuba flagThis is the correct way to display a divers-down flag.

Divers/Snorkelers must:
Stay within 300 feet of a divers-down device in open waters such as bays, oceans and the gulf.
Stay within 100 feet of a divers-down device in narrow waterways such as rivers or canals.
Only display divers-down devices while divers/snorkelers are in the water.

Learn more about current boating regulations at the MyFWC.com website.

Written by MyFWC Facebook