- Step 1: Get the receiver's attention Get the attention of the person you wish to send the signal to by waving both of your flags repeatedly overhead in a scissor-like motion.
- Step 2: Wait for acknowledgment Wait for the receiving party to send the semaphore letter K with their flags. This is the signal to proceed.
- TIP: There are unique flag positions for each letter of the alphabet.
- Step 3: Transmit N-C Transmit the letters N-C using your semaphore flags. Move directly from the N position to the C position without stopping.
- TIP: In the International Code of Signals the letters N-C stand for "I am in distress and require immediate assistance."
- Step 4: Bring your flags down Bring your flags down in front of you with the flag staffs crossing each other after you have finished.
- Step 5: Wait for acknowledgment Wait for the receiver to send the letter C, acknowledging your distress call. If your message was not received, they will send the letters I-M-I. If this happens, resend your message.
- FACT: The International Code of Signals was drafted in 1855 by the British Board of Trade.
You Will Need
- Semaphore flags
- Receiving party
- International Code of Signals (optional)