River signals – be careful with these

Here are some you might see as they are in common use – they are not on Andy’s current list though:


tap head

In the UK, tapping the top of your head usually means “Come to me.” But in the US and among some boaters, it means “Are you OK? / I’m OK”


Upheld arm, or sometimes vertical paddle, means “Next one please.”  The paddle version is controversial – if you can only see the top of the paddle, how do you know if the user is signalling, or just trying to stay upright themselves.

The diving signal for “Are you OK? / I’m OK” is this:

OK O and K


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