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Chapter 20  |  Article 20 - 4A  |  Section 2
WVC 20- CHAPTER 20. NATURAL RESOURCES.
WVC 20 - 4 A- ARTICLE 4A. SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING.

WVC 20 - 4 A- 1 §20-4A-1. Waters where diving is permitted; exceptions.
(a) Skin and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving is permitted in all waters in this state, including natural and artificial lakes, except in the following areas:

(1) Within one hundred feet of boat ramps, controlled swimming areas, marina areas and fishing piers marked for use by physically disabled persons;

(2) Designated hazards areas;

(3) Areas near dams and outlet structures in artificial lakes;

(4) Heavily traveled boat lanes;

(5) Narrow channels; and

(6) Areas where visibility is obscured.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to professional skin or scuba divers engaged in demolition, salvage, construction, rescue or repair work in the regular course of their business.

WVC 20 - 4 A- 2 §20-4A-2. "Diver down" flag required; flag specifications.
(1) No person may skin or scuba dive in any waters of the state that are used by motorboats unless the diving area is marked by one "diver down" flag displayed at all times while a diver is in the water.

(2) The "diver down" flag shall be a red field with a white diagonal stripe not less than one and one-half inches wide running upper left to lower right. The dimensions of the flag shall be not less than ten inches by ten inches and the top of the flag shall be at least three feet above the surface of the water.

(3) The "diver down" flag shall be anchored and affixed to a separate flotation device. No such flag may be attached to any navigational device or placed so as to obstruct boat traffic.

(4) A diver must surface within one hundred feet of the "diver down" flag marking his diving area.

WVC 20 - 4 A- 3 §20-4A-3. Penalties.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than twenty nor more than three hundred dollars, or confined in jail not less than ten nor more than one hundred days, or both fined and imprisoned.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§20 - 2 - 64 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 403
PASSED - Regular Session

SB403 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Regulating importation and possession of certain injurious aquatic species
§20 - 2 - 28 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4301
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4301 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Allowing limited reciprocal use of hunting and fishing licenses with the Commonwealth of Kentucky
§20 - 2 - 37 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4431
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4431 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying that persons who possess firearms, hunting dogs or other indicia of hunting do not necessarily need to have a hunting license
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.
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