Dive Flag Use While Snorkeling

by Mike
(Port Saint Lucie, FL)

Just did some great snorkeling off the beach this weekend. We used a dive flag for the first time and had lots of trouble with it. What or how do you recommend working with one? All I did is loop the line around my waist and tie it off but it seemed to get caught up in my fins a lot. Any help would be appreciated.

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May 24, 2011
by: Anonymous

I float the dive flag on a 20ft line with a slipknot tied around my downwind wrist. It works for me.

Jul 03, 2011
dive flag that attaches to snorkel?
by: Sasha

I have the same question -- I have never tried a flag, but I am looking at one that attaches to your snorkel. Unfortunately, I haven't found many reviews anywhere of it -- in fact, I have not met anyone who's used a dive flag while snorkeling -- so I'd love any feedback.

Jul 03, 2011
Snorkel Flag
by: Galen & Nicole

Sasha, without having tried it, we would be a little concerned about the extra force a flag placed on your snorkel would put on your snorkel if there is any wind. It might add strain to your mouth, because of the leverage caused at the tip of your snorkel.

If you are interested in trying the first suggestion, these floating dive flags would probably work the best.

Jul 03, 2011
thank you!
by: Anonymous

Thank you, Galen and Nicole!!

Jul 23, 2011
Dive flag on snorkel a problem when windy
by: kathy & craig

We have used the flags attached to the snorkel. If there is much surface wind at all, the vibration/movement of the flag in the wind causes a constant slow mask leak. From a safety standpoint, it also presumes that the boaters are looking down at the water level. I tend to listen for motors and look up frequently if I hear one.

Jun 09, 2013
Dive Flag Used
by: debbieo

We used a dive flag for safety this year. We often snorkeled the wall of a cut that was used by some boats. Hubby attached it to the back of his box belt which he strapped around his waist. Worked like a charm. Felt safe and secure. I am not sure how long the cord was -longish--floated behind without tangles. On one very windy day it did get tangled once in his flippers. It was handy as a small float if we needed to adjust masks or have a convo. We will use a dive flag again.

Apr 30, 2014
by: Anonymous

Is it required by law to use a dive flag when snorkeling off the beach in Florida?

May 13, 2014
SMB (Surface Marker Buoy)
by: Anonymous

Many experienced divers will tell you NOT to tie the SMB rope around any part of you. The reason for this is simple, if a boat, jet ski, etc. catches your line it will pull you (with great pressure) very quickly! Using a slip not around your wrist is asking for a severed hand...

If you insist on tying off to your body, then you should always have some sort of knife for an emergency situation.

I use a reel with a handle on it that I hold onto at all times to drag the marker behind me; if something were to happen, I can simply let go of the reel. The reel allows you to let out line if you need to go deeper and to reel it back in if you go more shallow.

Always think safety first when snorkeling.

Oct 14, 2016
New Wave Swim Buoy
by: Nicole & Galen

Another product has come to our attention that can be used as a dive flag. It is called New Wave Swim Buoy. There is a dry compartment in it, so it doubles as a waterproof bag for your valuables. We wrote a bit about it on our waterproof bag page.

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