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Gestures in diving: the alphabet of survival

Gestures in diving play an important role in preserving the life of people engaged in scuba diving. Each gesture contains a lot of useful, necessary and the most time-compressed information. Gestures of divers, it can even be said, the alphabet of survival in the underwater world, which every scuba diving enthusiast must know by heart.

Today, in an era of an ongoing stream of technical discoveries, along with the usual devices for scuba diving, devices have also begun to appear that allow you to communicate underwater using ordinary human speech. However, the importance of gestures for scuba divers is simply impossible to overestimate. After all, not everyone can afford expensive equipment for voice communication under water. In addition, no matter how high-tech and expensive the equipment for voice communication under water, it can fail at any time for a number of previously unaccounted for reasons. That is why the system of symbols in scuba diving, developed over many years, is the best of all possible communication options for divers.

Despite the fact that the gestures in diving are apparently the same for the most part, in terms of their internal content they can vary greatly among representatives of various diving clubs. Therefore, it is best to participate in the diving process with the person whom you know well and with whom you are a member of the same diving club. If you have to dive with a person from another diving club, you need to discuss in detail the meaning of all conditional signals before diving.

Although the gestures of divers in some cases may vary, however, the generally recognized “alphabet of the diver” has a place to be. So, we turn to a detailed description of the most common gestures.

A hand clenched into a fist, with the inside turned toward the diver showing this gesture, with his thumb released, pointing up, indicates the “pop up” command.

A hand clenched into a fist, with the inside facing the observer, with the thumb released pointing down, indicates a dive command.

The diver’s gestures, when he “cuts” his neck with his palm, indicates that he is running out of air.

Gestures of a diver, when he clenches and unclenches his fist, trying to attract attention to himself, this means that he has a cramp.

Interconnected thumb and forefinger, when the other fingers are straightened, indicates that the dive is proceeding normally.

The question of the whereabouts of the ship is asked under water with palms folded together in the shape of a “boat.”

If a diver turns an open hand to another diver, then this is not at all a greeting, as it might seem to many, but a demand to stop.

A palm clenched in a fist with a straightened hand indicates danger from the direction the diver points to.

In addition to signals adapted for communication between scuba divers, there are also signals indicating various underwater inhabitants. For example, if your partner signals you with a palm standing vertically above your head, it means that he saw a shark.

In addition, many signals can be sent using improvised means: flashlights, signal ropes, and even stones. The most common of all this diversity are signals with a rope: one jerk – the dive goes well, two – “I don’t move”, three – “the beginning of the dive”, four signals in a row – complete the dive, rise. And finally, the most important signal, a danger signal when the jerks do not stop.

Gestures in diving play an important role in preserving the life of people engaged in scuba diving. Each gesture contains a lot of useful, necessary and the most time-compressed information. Gestures of divers, it can even be said, the alphabet of survival in the underwater world, which every scuba diving enthusiast must know by heart.

Today, in an era of an ongoing stream of technical discoveries, along with the usual devices for scuba diving, devices have also begun to appear that allow you to communicate underwater using ordinary human speech. However, the importance of gestures for scuba divers is simply impossible to overestimate. After all, not everyone can afford expensive equipment for voice communication under water. In addition, no matter how high-tech and expensive the equipment for voice communication under water, it can fail at any time for a number of previously unaccounted for reasons. That is why the system of symbols in scuba diving, developed over many years, is the best of all possible communication options for divers.

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