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Dive safe

With so many great dive spots in the waters of NSW, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular sport.

Whether you’re scuba diving, spearfishing or even snorkelling, you’re not only going to be spending time below the surface, but also occasionally on the surface. And that means the risk of being exposed to passing boat traffic. If you’re spearfishing or snorkelling, you’re even more at risk as you spend more time on the water surface.

Working with our stakeholders to help improve safety for divers has led to recommendations of a high vis flag used to draw attention to the mandated, and internationally recognised, blue and white Alpha flag which signals there are divers below a vessel. A Dive Safe Strategy (pdf 742KB) has been published that details these initiatives.

To learn more, take a look at these handy safety videos below.

Boat drivers

Spearfishers

Scuba divers

 

Boat drivers

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Spearfishers

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Scuba divers

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