communication provided by these signals can be.Fortunately for us, an extended set of signals is available to us comprising a system of longsteady and distant "pulls" and short,sharp "bells" which are made with the same timing asstriking a ship's bell.
It is important to note that pulls and bells must never be madeviolently because of the obvious possibility of injury.
The signals which I find particularly useful are those used by the Royal Engineers DivingEstablishment (REDE). These are divided into groups, and so the meaning of a signal willdepend on when it is used. Although the full set of signals can be used, it would be more usualfor sport divers to agree the subset which apply to the particular dive and which are to be used.Another alternative would be for the group of divers to use these signals as the basis fordeveloping their own set of rope signals.As on any dive - agree your signals before entering the water (remember SEEDS!).The full set of signals is reproduced below for information and guidance:-SINGLE LIFELINE SIGNALS
Attendant to Diver
General signals:1 pull To call attention; "Are you well?"2 pulls Am sending down a rope (or as pre-arranged)3 pulls You have come up too farGo down slowly until we stop you4 pulls Come up4 pulls, 2 bells Come up; hurry up; surface decompression4 pulls, 5 bells Come up your safety floatDirection signals:1 pull Search where you are2 bells Go to the end of distance line/ Jackstay3 bells Face shot then go right4 bells Face shot then go left5 bells Come to shot/ turn back if on a jackstay