Standard Hand Signals for River Communication.

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+Ground Rules
  1. Never point to a hazard
  2. Always return a signal to show you understand
  3. No signal – no move!!!
+“Go” Signal

With Paddle (hold steady)

Thumbs Up (hold steady)
+“Stop” Signal
By Hand (e.g. bank signal)

With Paddle
+“Everyone Together” Signal
Paddler Draws a Circle in the air – From head to Hips
+“Eddy Out” Signal

  1. Draw a circle in the air over your head
  2. Point to where eddy is
+“Move Left / Move Right” Signal
Move Further to Your Left
Move Further to Your Right
+“Toward Me” Signal
Signaller makes a ‘Thumbs up’ sign and motions from the deck to their chest
+“Hurry Up” Signal
Raise & lower paddle (Not to be confused with “Go” Signal)
Raise & lower Clinched Fist
+“Slow Down” Signal
Extended arm raised and lowered
+Spacing Signals
Group too far apart – “Get closer together”
Group too close together –“Spread Out”
+“Are You Ok?” Signal
Pat your head to ask someone if they are ok? They should return the SAME signal to say “yes – I’m fine”
+“Warning – Stopper!” Signal
Raise and open hand
Clinch your fist
Open your hand
+“Bring a Rope!” Signal

This signal mimics the action of throwing a rope