Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Would A ‘Diver Down’ Buoy Help Keep Divers Safer Than Just A Flag?

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If you dive in Florida, over the past few years you’ve been able to use something other than the traditional “Diver Down” flag.

In 2016, state lawmakers changed the classification of the dive flag to a “divers-down warning device” in the hopes of getting entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ideas in safety equipment.

That, however didn’t help snorkeler Carter Viss, who lost his arm in 2019 when a boat ran him over. Nowadays, Viss is working with Danny Stanton, the man whose boat hit him, to pass a law that would specify requiring divers to use a “Diver Down” buoy instead of a flag.

According to Viss:

“If Danny and I can create laws that will save lives and protect the ocean, it proves that positive changes will happen when both sides of a tragedy work together.”

Check out the full story of Viss’s and Stanton’s efforts here.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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