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Old 05-21-2010, 10:13 AM
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The family and I are heading down to the Key Largo area in July and plan on doing some snorkeling. I had a couple of questions. 1.) We are staying on the Atlantic side (inside Largo Sound). Are there some good/shallow reefs close enough to get out (safely) to them in a 17' cc? 2.) What is the law in Fla. regarding a Diver Down flag? Can I display one from a pole on the boat when we are anchored and snorkeling from the boat or does it have to be a floating flag?

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:18 AM
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Here ya go. From: http://myfwc.com/rulesandregs/Rules_Boat.htm#flag " * The size of divers-down flags displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches, and a stiffener is required to keep the flag unfurled. Dive flags carried on floats must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. Also, divers-down flags on vessels must be displayed above the vessel's highest point so that the flag's visibility is not obstructed in any direction.
* Divers must make reasonable efforts to stay within 300 feet of a divers-down flag on open waters (all waterways other than rivers, inlets, or navigation channels) and within 100 feet of a flag within rivers, inlets, or navigation channels.
* Vessel operators must make a reasonable effort to maintain a distance of at least 300 feet from divers-down flags on open waters and at least 100 feet from flags on rivers, inlets or navigation channels. Vessels approaching divers-down flags closer than 300 feet in open water and 100 feet in rivers, inlets and navigation channels must slow to idle speed.
* When divers are out of the water, a dive flag may not be displayed."
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