Hand Signals

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Hand Signals

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Hey all,
I saw an interesting topic on Kiteforum and thought since we often help each other out- it could be helpful to have a common sign language:
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Re: Hand Signals

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The OK hand signal is critical.

We all have gone down on the big lake and need to swim in - when the police inevitably get called we need to know this signal.

Great post Steve.
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Re: Hand Signals

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I had a chat with a MKE coast guard officer last month.
He clarified my understanding that they don’t charge for a rescue & and they ask lots of clarifying questions when someone is asking for one on someone else’s behalf- e.g. is he waving for help, is he making progress, etc
He said they have a good understanding that kiteboarders are usually competent watermen and dressed for the conditions- they will generally ignore a well meaning report unless we are clearly in distress.

Reinforces need to know “OK” and “Help” signals
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