House Bill 1049 goes into effect today. Under this bill divers in the state of Florida who are diving in open water can now display a dive buoy in lieu of a dive flag. The dive buoy can 3 or 4 sides but must display dive symbols. The symbols must be at least 12×12 inches. However if displaying from a boat you must continue to use a standard dive flag at least 20×24 inches.
Divers are required to remain within 300 ft of the dive marker if in open water and within 100 ft if in a river or channel. For more information on this new ruling visit www.MyFWC.com.