Watersports and Signals BoatUS Magazine
Common Watersports Hand Signals
July 1, 2023
To maximize fun and safety while towing a waterskier, make sure everyone on board knows these simple hand signals for communication.
By Chris Landers
BoatU.S.Magazine Contributing Writer
1. Faster: Thumb up
2. Slower: Thumb down
3. Go right, go left: Point right, point left
4. We're turning around: Driver's or spotter's arm up, pointing, making circles
5. Make another loop: Skier's arm up, pointing, making circles
6. I'm finished and letting go of tow rope: Skier uses a hand to simulate "slice across neck"
7. I'm OK: Skier in water, arms overhead forming a circle, fingertips touching
8. That's just right: Skier makes the OK symbol
9. Stay behind the boat. Danger ahead: Spotter extends one arm in front of his/her body and moves it up and down
10. Get me back in the boat: Skier pats head
11. Possible injury. Boat should return to skier immediately: No movement, skier in water
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