The folks at PADI have developed a new hand signal for a diver to tell their buddy that they’re not feeling well underwater.
The signal is to take your hand, point your fingers toward yourself and draw a big oval.
According to the Divers Alert Network:
“This simple signal can be a game-changer in a situation where every second counts. It’s a simple signal where you draw a big oval in front of your head and torso with your fingers pointing toward you.
“Having a prearranged communication plan with your buddy is crucial, but without a specific signal for illness, it can be difficult to convey what’s wrong. By learning this new hand signal, you’ll not only increase your own awareness of the importance of communicating when you feel unwell, but you’ll also be able to prompt your buddy to inform you sooner if they’re not feeling their best.”
Check out DAN’s blog for more info here.