Diving Hand Signals

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I’m okay. Are you okay?

OK. Raise your right hand to shoulder height. Then with an open palm make a circle with your thumb and forefinger.

OK? OK. These are surface signals to ask if another diver is all right and to reply that you are all right. If both hands are free raise them together at the top of your head to make a circle. If one arm is free bring it up in an arc and touch the top of your head.

 

Ascend

Going Up. Raise your right hand to shoulder height with palm toward your body. Make a fist and extend your thumb upward.

Descend

Going Down. Raise your right hand to shoulder height. Make a fist and extend your thumb downward.

Something is wrong

 Something is Wrong. Raise tour right hand to shoulder height with palm down. Splay your fingers wide and move your hand up and down.

Help! Emergency!

Help! This is a surface signal. Raise one hand high above your head to alert the boat crew that you need immediate assistance.

I’m out of air Buddy breathe?

Out of Air. Bring your right hand to your throat and make a horizontal throat cutting motion.

Buddy Breathing Needed. Raise your right hand to collarbone height palm toward your body and point to your regulator or take your regulator out of your mouth and point to your mouth.

Low on Air. Bring your right hand close beside your regulator and point to it.

ME or I

You or There

Go That Way. Raise one hand to shoulder height with palm toward your body. Make a fist and extend your forefinger in the direction that you wish to go

Danger

 Danger! Raise your arm straight out to the side to or just above shoulder level and make a fist as if you are going to pound on an invisible table.

Which Way?

If you don’t know which way to go raise one hand to shoulder height make a fist extend your thumb and swivel your hand back and forth to indicate your confusion about the intended direction.

Look at That. Watch Me.

Point to your goggles with your index and middle fingers and then to the object.

Watch Me. Point to your chest.

Think!  Remember?

Under. Over. Around.

With your hand palm down indicate your intended route to go around an underwater object or formation.

Level Off at This Depth.

Raise your right hand to chest level palm down and fingers extended.

Hold Hands.

Clasp your hands together in front of your chest.

Stay together       –      Move apart a little      –     You lead I’ll follow

Don’t Know

Come Here

Come Here. Raise your right hand to shoulder height palm toward your body and fingers extended. Beckon slightly.

I opened my reserve

I can not open my reserve

 

Trouble with pressure balance

Can’t Clear Ears. Point to your ear with one forefinger.

 

I am cold

I’m Cold. Cross your hands in front of your chest grabbing your upper arms with opposite hands to indicate a chill.

Meet

Stop

Stay There. Raise your right hand to shoulder height palm forward and fingers extended

 

Slowly

Slow Down. Extend your hand in front of you palm down and make a ‘slow’ motion with it.

Fast

Vertigo

Did not understand

 

Boat

Wreck

Tie up

Air Related

How much air do you have?

 

  Response example 1 50 Bar followed by 20 Bar – 70 Bar (Always round down to the nearest 10)

 

Response example 2 Repeat the 50 Bar signal twice + 30 Bar = 130 Bar (Always round down to the nearest 10)

 

On Reserve or 50 Bar repeat signal  = 100 Bar Occasional signal for 100 Bar