Saturday, June 15, 2024

PADI Has Developed A New Hand Signal To Communicate Illness


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.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.