Arizona (ARI) Diving Laws

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Arizona (ARI) Diving Laws

Can you go scuba diving in Arizona? 

Yes you can! Arizona is an incredible place to go scuba diving. There are many dive sites around Arizona with attractive coral reefs and interesting shipwrecks, including the YO-257 off Coronado Island, the USS Kittiwake SST-4 near San Diego and the Thresher SSN-593 at Dos Cabezas Reef.


Experience and certifications

In Arizona, you will need to be certified as a diver before you go underwater, but it is possible for divers of all levels and experience to enjoy Arizona’s dive sites.

Arizona scuba diving laws also require you to dive with a buddy in the water at all times while diving. This applies even if your buddy is on shore or in a boat. Your buddy must have completed the same level of training as you have and he needs to be within 100 feet (30 meters) distance of you while you are under water. The Arizona Scuba Diving Laws do not apply above water – that means that while walking up from your car into the water, no one else is required to be present!


Diver-Down Flags

Under Arizona Scuba Diving Laws, it is illegal to enter the water without a “diver-down” flag. Arizona also requires diver-down flags to be in place at all times after entering the water.

Arizona dive sites will often have this flag attached to a buoy or anchored on the ocean floor by means of a long rope.

The purpose of having these signs is so other divers are aware that people are diving nearby.

Arizona scuba diving laws require you rather than others to take responsibility for placing and removing your own personal diver-down flag from shore before jumping into the ocean.

What does Arizona law say about scuba, snorkelling and free diving?

Arizona scuba diving laws state that no person shall free dive in Arizona waters. Arizona law defines “free diving” as: ” any underwater swimming or other action in which pressure is not taken against the chest, breath held and breathing voluntarily suspended , without the aid of mechanical devices to descend or keep oneself submerged.”

Under Arizona scuba diving laws, where can I snorkel?

In Arizona it is legal to snorkel on public reefs.

Arizona considers free diving to be a potentially dangerous activity, and Arizona scuba diving laws require all free divers to have first aid training, so they are able to deal with any emergencies that might occur while underwater.


Wreck Diving Arizona

Arizona scuba diving laws allow you to dive their shipwrecks, but law requires that all wreck divers be certified as advanced or expert-level divers if they are attempting to access the shipwrecks at depths of 250 feet (80.5 meters) or more.

Scuba divers with less experience should not attempt these dives on their own without being accompanied by a more experienced diver. Arizona wreck diving sites can also be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers and snorkelers, so swimmers should avoid them unless supervised by a diver who is confident in their ability to handle any emergencies that might occur while underwater.