After its creation in the 1950s, the Diver Down flag quickly became the most common flag used by divers in the United States. However, it’s not part of the international code of signal flags, and many boats end up flying two flags when they have divers in the water—both the red and white Diver Down, and the traditional Alpha flag.
The core purpose of these flags is to let boats know that there is a diver in the water. When flown, both boats and divers have responsibilities: passing boats must not come within a certain distance of the Diver Down flag, and divers must remain close to it.
Over time, the Diver Down flag became commonplace in pop culture. It has been chosen for cover art by the rock band Van Halen, and also symbolizes scuba diving in general. It’s regularly used to advertise shops that sells scuba equipment, made into bumper stickers, and more.
A wooden Diver Down flag is a perfect addition to the home or office of any scuba-diving aficionado. Since it’s so closely tied to scuba diving, it carries lots of meaning—and the Patriot Wood version of the flag is sure to please for many years to come.
If you’d like to learn more, and see high-quality photos of Patriot Wood’s Diver Down flag, check out the flag-details page.
Art, the craftsman behind Patriot Wood, is hard at work building new wood flags. His ambitious goal is to create more than 20 new Patriot Wood flags by the end of year, including the state flags, military flags, country flags, and more.
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