Why Dive Flags
July marks the end of June gloom and the start of the warm summer season in Los Angeles. With that come 68 degree waters, 14 hour days and a lot of boaters. As an avid beach diver, flying a dive flag is imperative when doing beach dives, especially near high boat traffic areas like Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach.
While there is no county ordinance in Los Angeles that require beach divers carry a dive flag, and unfortunately none stipulating how far a vessel must stay clear of dive flags, prudent boaters will slow down and stay well clear of a dive flag attached to a float.
A Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and reel must also be used in conjunction with a dive flag in the event you surface away from your dive flag. Apart from listening for boat traffic during your ascent, it will be wise to send up your SMB while doing your safety stop to further alert boaters of your presence in the water. by Tim Yeo