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Nothing says stepping outside your comfort zone quite like surrendering to the deep and going diving. So long as you keep your wits about you and keep the lines of communication with your fellow divers and dive master open, recreational scuba diving is a safe and thoroughly enjoyable pastime.

To learn more about scuba diving hand als and the importance of understanding nonverbal communication underwater, keep reading! Gesture topside with the raised thumb i. Gesture toward the ocean floor with the extended thumb i. Extend the flattened hand, palm down, out in front of you and tilt it side to side on the forearm axis to indicate to your diving buddies that something is wrong. This hand al can be combined with any of other hand als to tell your fellow divers exactly what is wrong.

The standard hand al will be very similar to that practiced by civilians on land. To indicate that your fellow divers should stop, you would extend the arm out in front of you and bend the hand up at the wrist in order to expose a flat palm to the front of you. The alternate hand al is one traditionally used by those with military or other law enforcement experience and consists of raising and clenching the fist at the height of the ear.

Yay for als that mean the same underwater as they do on land!

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Simply raise the index finger and make small circles while continuing to point upward. So, if you want a fellow diver to look at something, you point with the index finger, but if you want to indicate a direction you think the party should take, you want to point with the whole hand by gesturing in that direction with a flat, open palm. If you need to refer to the boat at some point during your dive, you may do so by cupping your hands together as you would under a tap or under running water in order to collect it in the palms of your cupped hands.

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This al, usually used on its own, means that the diver at whom it is directed should get back with his buddy if he has wandered too far away from his partner. Making sure you have an ased dive buddy is a great way to decrease risk, increase effective communication and keep all divers safe.

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This hand al is made by clenching each fist, extending both index fingers and bringing the two fists with extended index fingers together in front of the body; thus uniting the lengths of the two index fingers. Note, the fingers are not interlaced, but, rather, a mitten grasp is used during this hand al and all four fingers stay together.

It is only the thumbs that intertwine. In order to indicate who should lead and who should follow during a dive, a diver can point with an index finger either at himself, or at a dive buddy if they want that buddy to lead, and point in the direction they want to go with the other index finger.

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For example, if a diver wants to lead, he may point at himself with the left index finger, and then in a particular direction either with the other index finger or with the full flat hand as is usually used to indicate direction. The exception to the rule for indicating direction with a flat, open palm is in the event a diver is indicating who le and who follows. In this combination, two-handed hand al, it is acceptable to indicate direction with the index finger.

The hand is then swept from side to side, hinging at the elbow, while maintaining the palm pointing downwards position.

This hand al is implicitly emergent — do not ask questions or hesitate if a dive buddy invokes this hand al. Although this is highly unlikely to happen, especially if all your pre-dive checks were carried out correctly, in the unlikely event that you find yourself on a dive and suddenly without air, al the nearest diver with a slashing gesture across the throat with a flat hand.

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Waving a hand is not noticeable enough, especially in bad weather, so make sure to wave from the shoulder and to get the whole arm moving. To indicate danger is nearby or in a particular direction, clench your fists and cross your arms in front of your chest, like crossbones, and then point in the direction of the imminent danger. While some waters are colder than others, comfort is critical when diving as hypothermia can set in incredibly quickly if you are not adequately prepared to face the elements. To indicate that you are cold, cross your arms and grasp the opposite upper arm and rub them up and down and shiver.

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If you want to ask someone if they are getting cold, point at them and then perform this hand al. If you want a fellow diver to look at something, use your index and middle fingers to point at your own two eyes, and then use your index finger to point in the direction you want your diving buddy to look. If you want your diving buddy to look at you, point at your two eyes and then at yourself.

If you want to indicate that a diver should think of or remember something you have told them before, you can simply raise an extended index finger to the temple. Usually, if you just ascend a little and then descend again the problem will rectify itself; however, it is crucial that you let your diving buddies know you are having trouble equalizing so that they are aware of your intent to ascend but not end the dive. In the event that more inexperienced divers form part of the team, or you have divers from multiple countries with different variations of the aforementioned als, it always pays to review the basics before embarking on a dive, and we would always recommend taking an underwater board and marker with you in case of emergency so that the divemaster can write something down for the divers to read if an instruction is initially misinterpreted.

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Boat Marelize is OK! Buddy up Get with your Buddy. Hold on to each other The buddy grip. Lead and Follow Who is going to lead? Level off Come up to my level. Slow down! Give me air NOW! How much air do you have? Help me now!

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Danger in that direction Danger! I am cold! Tam is OK! Check your computer. Think Sharks Everywhere! Struggling to equalize Erika is OK! : Tantalizing Tales.

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