It’s not easy to speak underwater. We don’t recommend you try to test this out next time you are in the bath or swimming pool. To overcome this challenge, divers have developed a series of hand signals to communicate while underwater. In this activity, you will learn some of the standard dive signs used by professional scuba divers.
You will need to do this activity with a ‘buddy’. Then go on a pretend dive using this code language to communicate with one another.
Move onto thinking about different dive signs for some of the creatures you might find on the reef. Choose the creatures on the coral reef and see if a friend or family member can guess what they are from your signals. More about this in the Animal dive signs activity.
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Science | Ages 7-11
These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students' creative and communications skills.