Knowing hand signals is crucial for communicating on the river. Six signals are widely understood in the paddling community and endorsed by the International Rafting Federation.
- Stop: Paddle held horizontally above the head
- Go: Paddle held up vertically
- Eddy out: Circling a single raised finger and pointing to the eddy
- I’m Okay: Thumb and index finger joined in an O and tapped on the top of helmet
- Any kind of X formed with arms or paddles means first aid required.
- Always point in the direction you want a paddler to go, never point toward danger.