Whitewater Rafting Hand River Signals
When a signal is given, it is reciprocated to show that it was seen and heard accurately.
A rafters paddle or oar can be used to amplify the signal.
All Clear Hand Signal
Signal Giver: One hand straight up in the air.
Signal Meaning: It is okay for you to raft ahead.
Signal Receiver: One hand straight up in the air to show you understand and will raft ahead.
Stop Hand Signal
Signal Giver: Both arms out to the side.
Signal Meaning: Wait in your spot for the all clear signal.
Signal Receiver: Both arms/paddle out to the side and wait for all clear signal.
Are You Okay? Hand Signal
Signal Giver: Hand tapping the top of your head repeatedly.
Signal Meaning: Asking the receiver if they are “okay”.
Okay Signal Receiver: Hand tapping the top of your head repeatedly to show you are okay.
Not Okay Signal Receiver: Shake head side to side to show you are not okay and need help.
Distress Call Hand Signal
Signal Giver: Hold hand up and wave it back and forth.
Signal Meaning: Something is wrong up ahead.
Signal Receiver: You should exit the river and offer assistance to see what is wrong.
Positive Direction Hand Signal
Signal Giver: Point to the direction you want the rafter to move towards.
Signal Meaning: This is a safe direction to raft or exit the river.
Signal Receiver: Go to where they are telling you.