This isn't going to help, but you'll laugh your ass off.As long as we're on the topic of river signals, I have a question about whistle signals. I've been having a running argument with a friend about the proper whistle signal for an emergency (swimmer, flipped raft, etc.). Every rescue manual I've read and class I've taken uses 3 whistle blows for an emergency..... SOS..... universal distress signal. Many people I boat with also use one whistle blow for a non-emergent "heads up, pay attention" signal. My friend says that I'm wrong. That it's 2 whistle blows for a swimmer or emergency involving others, and 3 whistle blows if you (the whistle blower) need help. He claims to have learned this at a very reputable swiftwater rescue course. As far as I can see the AWA only lists the 3 whistle blow for any emergency. No matter what I say, my friend won't give up his position on this. If I'm drowning/getting thrashed/about to hit a rock/etc, I'm probably not going to be blowing my whistle once, twice, three times, or at all. I'm probably praying that someone blows their damn whistle so I can get a little help. What say you all????
I any case, I guess it's best to discuss all river signals with your group at the start of a trip to make sure everyone's on the same page..... even if that means sign language that someone makes up.
I had never heard of the 2 whistle thing, so I had to look at my books. None of my books refer to 2 whistles, and my two main river rescue books (Walbridge/sundmacher) & (Bechdel/Ray) actually only refer to 3 blasts. My manual received in guide school is the only one that refers to a single blast, and it is "look at me for more signals, possible emergency". It also references the 3 blasts, especially fast and long and short following each other, like sos. I have at least one more book, which I haven't dug out for now.
My Rescue 3 book, received during a Swiftwater Rescue Tech course, is even more confusing. 1 blast is "stop or attention". 2 is "attention upstream or pull boat upstream". 3 is "attention downstream or pull boat downstream. 3 blasts long and repeated is emergeny or rescue.
So while I wait for my pumpkin cheese in a waterbath to finish (very scary stuff!) cooking, I wonder what/if a layperson can surmise is the standard rule is for whistle blasts. I just go back to my previous post, especially safety talks before boating.
Happy Thanksgiving Buzzards!