River Signals

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River Signals 2014-10-23T20:30:34+00:00

Standard Hand Signals for River Communication.

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[toggle title=”Ground Rules”]

  1. Never point to a hazard
  2. Always return a signal to show you understand
  3. No signal – no move!!!


[toggle title=”“Go” Signal”]

With Paddle (hold steady)[/grid_3]

Thumbs Up (hold steady)[/grid_3][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Stop” Signal”]
[grid_3]By Hand (e.g. bank signal)[/grid_3]
With Paddle[/grid_5][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Everyone Together” Signal”]
Paddler Draws a Circle in the air – From head to Hips

[toggle title=”“One Person at a Time” Signal”]


[toggle title=”“Eddy Out” Signal”]

  1. Draw a circle in the air over your head
  2. Point to where eddy is


[toggle title=”“Move Left / Move Right” Signal”]
[grid_3]Move Further to Your Left[/grid_3]
[grid_3]Move Further to Your Right[/grid_3][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Toward Me” Signal”]
Signaller makes a ‘Thumbs up’ sign and motions from the deck to their chest[clear]

[toggle title=”“Hurry Up” Signal”]
[grid_3]Raise & lower paddle (Not to be confused with “Go” Signal)[/grid_3]
[grid_3]Raise & lower Clinched Fist[/grid_3][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Slow Down” Signal”]
Extended arm raised and lowered[clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”Spacing Signals”]
[grid_3]Group too far apart – “Get closer together”[/grid_3]
[grid_3]Group too close together –“Spread Out”[/grid_3][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Pull the Plug – Every One Off the Water!” Signal”]
Draw your hand across throat[clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Are You Ok?” Signal”]
[grid_5]Pat your head to ask someone if they are ok? They should return the SAME signal to say “yes – I’m fine”[/grid_5][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Get out & Walk” Signal”]

[toggle title=”“Warning – Stopper!” Signal”]
[grid_3]Raise and open hand[/grid_3]
[grid_3]Clinch your fist[/grid_3]
[grid_3]Open your hand[/grid_3][clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Bring a Rope!” Signal”]

This signal mimics the action of throwing a rope[clear][/toggle]

[toggle title=”“Bring Me a First Aid Kit!””]

[toggle title=”“I don’t understand – Try Again!””][clear][/toggle]

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