Scuba Shop Owners Put On FBI Alert

By: Hailey Frances Email
By: Hailey Frances Email

June 27, 2007

In a recent issue of Underwater Times, the FBI is asking all scuba personnel to watch out for possible terrorist behavior.

The alert is an attempt to stop people from providing extensive training to people who meet the below criteria:

  • Requests to dive in murky water or sewer pipes.
  • Inquiries about procedures such as diver towing.
  • Conducting kick counts.
  • Receiving extra navigation training.
  • Paying cash for diving instruction.
  • Refusal or reluctance to provide personal information.

    The FBI says that people who meet one of the indicators are likely not a threat. Any of the Indicators taken collectively though, should raise a red flag to instructors.

    Chip Earle, owner of the Dive Connection in Charlottesville said this isn't the first time a warning like this has gone out to the dive community; they started receiving them after 9/11.

    "They sent out an advisory at that time to all of the scuba shops and the scuba industry to let them know what the possibilities were. After all, it was the folks getting the flight training that nobody realized quite what was going on until after it was too late".

    This latest advisory was featured in the June 22nd Addition of Underwater Times.


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