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.