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Old 11-21-2009   #1
 
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origin of head tap????

to mean "ok"... any theories? Noticed in the opening scene to cool hand luke one of the guys on the chain gang signaling with a head tap...any correlation?

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Old 11-21-2009   #2
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I learned it in dive cert class so I always assumed it came from scuba
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The head tap means, heads up, every one on the same page.
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Old 11-22-2009   #4
 
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Head tap bad

The "head tap" signal should be done away with, or at least everybody needs to come to an agreement on exactly what it means. As far as I can tell it means "are you OK?", "I am OK", and "Heads Up", depending on who you are and what situation you are in. That is very confusing. A hand signal should mean one and only one thing. I guided rafts with a guy who would basically do sign language to me as we were floating down the river. Nobody knew what any of his hand signals meant except for him.

It has probably been done before on this forum, but it would be great to have a discussion of the different hand signals and their meaning. If there is another thread on this, then direct me to it.
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Scuba here too, and found it pretty universal, at least as universal as I traveled (Hawaii and Honduras). Most people seemed to think it was the O of OK, which is weird if it is truly universal because english really isn't. Just because someone doesn't know the norms doesn't mean it should be thrown out, it's outlined quite well in every rescue manual I've read. I'd say it's best to talk to the person who isn't following the river signal norms and try to educate.

I wonder if it goes back to military/navy. My dad always used it for lake boating growing up, he had no scuba/river training, but was in the navy on subs.
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Yep. Scuba signals are "OK" with fingers circle for close range and head tap for OK at distance. All the boaters I know use the head tap for ok, paddle up for clear=come/go on and point with blade to indicate direction.
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All the boaters I know use the head tap for ok,
Except when EL Flaco is on the trip then I use the head tap for "Fuck you"
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The head tap means, heads up, every one on the same page.
I was wrong, head tapping does mean ok. Head knocking with knuckels was my first thought. Sorry
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I always used it to mean "I'm Ok are you OK?"...obviously the reply is without the "are u ok"


Cant wait to be sitting in some rapids soon using it...3-4 months
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I always used it to mean "I'm Ok are you OK?"...obviously the reply is without the "are u ok"


Cant wait to be sitting in some rapids soon using it...3-4 months
U are correct!
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