I really didn't want to throw someone under the bus like this but I feel it is necessary to be sure that everyone stays safe on the water. A few weeks ago I was out freedive spearing with my brother on a local published reef in 35' off Longboat Key. We were the first and only ones in the water when the gentleman who runs Tearin' Em Up Charters decided to anchor right next to us with only about 20' of space between our boats. I was a little astonished that an individual with the name and phone number of his business would commit such a dangerous and outright discourteous move when there are clearly divers in the water, flag up and all. I decided to let it slide until this weekend when I was out on Saturday morning anchored on the same reef with three divers in the water and sure enough here comes Tearin' Em Up Charters who decides to anchor about 20' off my bow and drift back towards us three divers quite close.
Now don't get me wrong I understand that the captain has a business to run but it's not like we were at some secret spot. I feel that it is necessary to make people aware because I am sure I am not the only one this has happened to. The other part which blows my mind is that someone would pull something like that twice with customers on the boat, not exactly setting a good example.
Everyone stay safe out there and please give plenty of room when you see a vessel with a dive flag. The last thing we need is someone being injured or killed while enjoying the gulf.
Stay safe and keep tight lines,