CA law does NOT require boats to stay ANY distance from a dive flag.

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Posted by Chuck Tribolet on August 12, 2005 at 23:25:00:

In Reply to: I need help in understanding California dive flag law posted by Allison Spriggs on August 12, 2005 at 21:14:20:

I am not a lawyer, but I've researched this a bunch. California
law doesn't require other boats to stay any particular distance
from a dive flag, but rather to "exercise precaution commensurate
with conditions indicated."

Some other states do require particular distances and speeds.
Some other states require divers to tow a flag (not reasonable
in kelp).

Chapter and verse are in the link:

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