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07-06-2011 07:57 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
There is a push for recreational boaters to recognise the Alpha flag. Some of them are poorly trained in flag recognitions. And I'm being polite in saying that. Very polite.
Agreed. However, we also need to admit that flags are ancient technology and most are not common or relevant to recreational boating. AIS should and will eventually make this moot. Not yet.

Regardless of which flag you fly, I've seen boats with an 18" x 24" flag flying off the transom with divers in the water. First, you can't see it from some approach angles. Secondly, it's too small to be easily recognized at all. I'm not exaggerating when I say that flag should be at least 5 x7 if you actually intend for it to get an approaching boater's attention. You may want your country's flag to be proportionate to the size of the vessel, but the diver flag is intended solely to get attention.
07-06-2011 01:25 AM
jerryrlitton Boasun, in case you have not been here, you do need to check out this location. Since all things are relative, this may make your place look grand ref training.

Jerry
07-05-2011 11:17 PM
Boasun There is a push for recreational boaters to recognise the Alpha flag. Some of them are poorly trained in flag recognitions. And I'm being polite in saying that. Very polite.
07-05-2011 09:35 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
A lot of dive vessel's divers are on tethers/ubinical lines/hoses... And the Alpha Flag is flown. Stay away. Especially here off of Louisiana & Texas. The divers are working and Their safety is of top concerns for those of us who work off shore and not using the Gulf as a playground.
I don't need to be convinced. I used to train divers when I was in my 20s.

In the US, the red/ wht strip is simply more recognized and this thread seemed to be recreationally based. I could be wrong.
07-05-2011 08:49 PM
Boasun
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
The Alpha Flag signifies the vessel's restricted ability to maneuver, which is the case when launching or retrieving divers. The US diver down flag should be flown over the diver's themselves.
A lot of dive vessel's divers are on tethers/ubinical lines/hoses... And the Alpha Flag is flown. Stay away. Especially here off of Louisiana & Texas. The divers are working and Their safety is of top concerns for those of us who work off shore and not using the Gulf as a playground.
07-05-2011 08:10 PM
Minnewaska The Alpha Flag signifies the vessel's restricted ability to maneuver, which is the case when launching or retrieving divers. The US diver down flag should be flown over the diver's themselves.
07-05-2011 07:59 PM
Boasun One other detail: When the dive boat has divers down they are considered to be "Restricted in their Maneuverbility", Thus you have to go around them giving them the sea room necessary for the safety of their divers. That means that cutting close to them is a very big NO NO! You all do know the rule 18 from the Rules of the Road, Right?? That is the pecking order of who has right of way or the stand on vessel and who don't have that status.
07-05-2011 07:43 PM
Boasun
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I hate to advertise my ignorance but...I know/have seen the diver down flag many times. What does the Alpha flag signify. And is it alway used in conjunction with diver down flag?
The diver's flag with the red field and a white diagonal stripe is the amature's diver's flag. Used mainly in the USA.

The Alpha flag IS THE diver,s flag for every one. As in accordance with the International Code of Signals. Pub H.O. 102.

This pub is available on line for naught or you can get your own copy at any marine store like; West Marine or even here at sailnet.
07-05-2011 07:17 PM
MarkCK I hate to advertise my ignorance but...I know/have seen the diver down flag many times. What does the Alpha flag signify. And is it alway used in conjunction with diver down flag?
07-05-2011 05:41 PM
E32Strider One word: Paintball gun. (For your surface support team.) Oh two words, but, you get the idea.
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