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Spearfishing Suits

The Scuba Doctor has a huge range of spearfishing wetsuits to keep you protected and warm in the water! The spear fishing wetsuit thickness you need will depend on the water temperature where you are diving. Smoothskin or reversible spearfishing wetsuits are a great new design of wetsuit and provide protection from the wind while being easy to slip on without lubricant, also making you more streamlined through the water.

Rashies and Lycra suits are great for summer spearfishing and spearfishing where harmful jelly fish may be present. The Scuba Doctor has a range of rashies and lycra suits for spearfishing including rashies with loading pads and camouflaged rashies.

If you are diving where harmful jelly fish or stingers may be present it can be a good idea to purchase a full body wetsuit or lycra suit with a hood to fully protect your body from possibly deadly stings.

Marine Flag Signals

These are the marine flags signals you should know about.

Diving Operations Flag

Victorian law requires that any vessel with divers operating from it must always display signals by day and night to inform other vessel users.

Diving operations flag

The daytime signal for divers is an International Code Flag 'A' of size 6 being at least 750mm long and 600mm wide. It should be placed to ensure all-round visibility.

Divers operating without a vessel, for example from a jetty, should also display the International code flag "A". The flag should be at least 750mm long and 600mm wide. The flag may be displayed from a buoy. If displayed from a buoy, the flag must not be less than 300 mm in length and 200 mm in width. The flag must be clearly visible to all vessels operating in the vicinity.

Diving Operations Lights

During night diving, a vessel must show the international signal for a 'vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre'. These are three lights in a vertical line, top and bottom are red and the middle one is white. The diver's boat should also show other appropriate lights such as an anchor light.

Diving operations lights

Boat - Diving Operations

People involved in night diving without a vessel should display a yellow (orange) flashing light that can be seen from a minimum distance of 200 metres.

Speed Restriction

In Victoria, Australia, a five knot (9.25 kph) speed limit applies to vessel operators and waterskiers within a distance of 100 metres (330 feet) of a vessel or buoy on which a diver below signal is displayed.

Five Knot Speed Limit

International Code Flags

Other than the alpha flag, these are rarely seen by divers, however they may be useful to know.

The International Code Signal of Distress is indicated by the Code Flag "N" flying above the Code Flag "C".

International code flags


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