Learning Scuba Diving Hand Signals is important for communicating intention and giving directions. More importantly, it ensures safety, making it easy to ask for help from your diving buddy. It is a method of communication that can be universally understood by trained divers.

Something the matter

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This one is important because it is used to let your dive buddy or guide know that something’s wrong.  To use this signal, put your hand out horizontally in front of you and tilt it side-to-side, (much as you would signal that something was “so-so” on land) then point to where you’re experiencing difficulty. You could be struggling to equalize your ears, or you may have a problem with your dive gear. This signal could mean a problem with anything. Inform your buddy quickly if something is wrong, so that you can either fix it or end the dive safely.

Mask into the water

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Water enters your mask, drain it

Need help, rescue

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Assist in returning to the surface

Mask fog

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The mask can’t be seen clearly, clean it up quickly

Choking, unable to breathe

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Can’t breathe, help me

Clonus

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My feet are pumping, help me soon

Rupture, damage

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Something broke

Air leakage

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Your gas is leaking, check it out

Feel decompression symptoms

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Somewhat uncomfortable, decompression symptoms, let’s go back

Lock

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You have something stuck, don’t panic, I’ll help you

Discomfort \ Uncomfortable

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I’m not feeling well, let’s go back

Panic

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Too scared to know what to do

Miss one’s way

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Lost and don’t know how to go

Dyspnea / shortness of breath

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Can’t breathe, breathing is difficult, help me

Throw up

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Somewhat uncomfortable and want to vomit

Out of air

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The “out of air” signal is taught to all open water course and experience course students so that they know how to react in the unlikely event of an out-of-air emergency. The chances of an out-of-air emergency when scuba diving are extremely low when proper pre-dive checks and diving procedures are observed.

To make this signal, move a flat hand across your throat in a slicing motion to indicate that the air supply is cut off. This signal requires an immediate response from the diver’s buddy, who should allow the out-of-air diver to breathe from his alternate air-source regulator while the two divers ascend together.

Insufficient weight

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Need to adjust your weight

Tingling / Captivity

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Something seems to pierce me, help me quickly

Overweight

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Your counterweight is too heavy, you sink like a stone, lighten up a bit

Pain

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I’m very uncomfortable and painful

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In sum, learning the scuba hand signals is important for anyone who is training to dive. The signals have universal meanings, so you can be sure that you will be understood by anyone under the water, provided that you do it correctly.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This article was compiled by sportiveiver.com by Divehot