03 - Hand Signals - Communication over distance



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Communication at sea can be difficult if not impossible. Learn a set of hand signals. Make sure everyone in the group agrees on the meaning.




These signals are suggested by the Tsunami Rangers.


WORD
HOW SIGNALED
MEANING

Nouns
I/MEpoint index finger toward selfyourself
IT/THEMpoint index finger toward objectobject, activity, place, people
YOUpoint index finger toward personperson(s)
WE/UScircle index finger at groupall of us

Verbs
COMEbeckon with index fingercome here
CUTbring index across throatlet's quit
FORM UPcircle index above headgather around
GET CLOSEput thumb close to indexget in close
GOhorizontally revolve forearm as if
winding string on a spool
go forward/backward
GROKput bunched up fingers on templepay attention
HANGhang fingers limply near earwait around; hang out
IGNOREthrow air over shouldersignore my last signal
LANDslam palm face downgo to shore and land
LEADgive seig heillead the group
RAFTclick side of fist on paddleraft up
RELAXslowly ease palm face downrelax; don't be uptight
SCOUTput palm over browscout it out
SPREADopen hand wide near headspread out
STAY AWAYmove hand far away from bodystay far away (from danger)
STOPput fist in airstop; hold position
SURFmove hand in snake motion, palm downsurf; play in waves
SWEEPmake whisking motion with hand, near assfollow the group and sweep
WAIThold index up near headwait a moment, please

Descriptors
BADthumb downno good; bad move or idea
BORINGpat yawning mouth with palmboring, uninteresting
DANGEROUSarm or paddle horizontal over headnot safe; don't go
GOODthumb upgood, good move or idea
GROOVYcross hands or paddleslike wow, far out; spectacular
HAIRYmake tiger claw near headvery wild and scary
OKAYpat head with palmphysically okay, not hurt
SAFEarm or paddle vertical over headsafe to go
STUPIDslap forehead or index to templestupid
SURFCHICKENhold fist against shoulder and flap
elbow rapidly
afraid
UNSURErotate down palm from side to sidenot sure; can't decide; iffy

Miscellaneous Signals
BYEa wave good byegood bye; end transmission
GOT ITform a circle with thumb & indexA-okay; I understand
GREETINGgive Vulcan greetinglive long and prosper
HAILlightly wave arm over headhail; listen up
HELPstrongly wave arm over headhelp; assistance needed
NOshake head from side to sideno; I disagree
WHATplace palm up near shoulderwho/what/where/when/how/wanna?
WILL COMPLYsaluteI understand and will comply
YESshake head up and downyes; I agree

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