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Signal for "OK"

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by DrWilliam, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    The "Let's go up/Go up" signal in some cultures, Iran, means "F' you" (flipping somebody the bird). It could get you killed there :)

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  2. gopbroek

    gopbroek Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lewisville TX
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  3. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Agree. I think someone was probably ranting about stuff like this decades ago......
  4. Murky Waters

    Murky Waters Contributor


    - gullible
    - adjective
    - easily deceived or tricked, and too willing to believe everything that other people say
  5. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
    Such is the goal of cancel culture.
    Just 1 more way to hate your neighbor!
    Aren't you feeling manipulated yet?
    I'm more concerned with the OK sign celebrities display over the right eye, a symbolic tribute to their god.
  6. CapnBloodbeard

    CapnBloodbeard Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Come on guys, at least read the article before you get all offended - seems even the OP didn't bother reading it. Or, more likely, OP is trolling and a lot on here seem to have forgotten their knife and gotten caught on the hook and line!

    Even the Anti-Defamation League, the organisation this article is about who list it as a hate symbol, are quoted on there saying that context is important and they're not complaining about people using it in its normal situation - and they definitely wouldn't care about divers using it. It's just recognising that there are some who are now deliberately using it for something else - which is a fact.
  7. Silt Life

    Silt Life Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Hotlanta
    We were warned upon arrival in Germany in the 70's that the "OK" sign was a slur to Germans. They use it for calling you an A-hole, mostly for driving infractions......
  8. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    I'm offended by you being offended and not having a normal life.
    Stop offending me.
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  9. napDiver

    napDiver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
    No one is going to care what symbols you use underwater. Do as you like.

    However, the OK symbol is the worst symbol to use as a diver. If someone signs ok, usually the other person will respond back with an ok. If they dont understand, they give you the ok. They are having trouble, they give you the ok. Not ok, they give you back the ok.

    Good diving communications should be precise and repeated back to you for confirmation.
  10. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    This is a pure troll.

    It's two years old. And there's nothing in the article about anyone being offended. Someone took the gesture being added to the Anti-Defamation League's database of hate symbols as a chance to throw up a clickbait headline for the easily gulled.

    For anyone interested, the hate symbol database - Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database - is meant to help law enforcement, security personnel and researchers better understand and identify hate groups in order to better protect the public. It's not a list of what you can or can't say.

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