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FWC Reminds Divers To Display Signal When Scuba Diving, Snorkeling

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State wildlife officials are encouraging divers to use certain devices to signal they’re scuba diving or snorkeling.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding divers that it’s critical to display the divers-down symbol of a buoy or flag when diving.

Officials say it’s not only the lawful thing to do, it also saves lives—adding it’s meant to alert boaters to the presence of people under the water’s surface and to give them plenty of room.

The divers down flag must have a wire to hold it open and a buoy can be three-sided or four sided. The flag displayed on a boat must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed at a high point.

The buoy, meanwhile, may not be used or displayed from a vessel.

Both can be displayed in the water. In that case, the flag or buoy must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.