Divers use Brazilian Sign Language to communicate during diving practice

Two deaf divers from Rio de Janeiro, solved one of the biggest obstacles for activity to deaf practitioners: the underwater communication.

To communicate with each other, divers usually use gestures, most often combined previously, which ends up limiting the communication. But not with Betty Lopes and Rosana Grasse. They talked about absolutely everything when they were diving, all thanks to Brazilian Sign Language, as known as LIBRAS – likely American Sign Language (ASL).

This language is used by deaf people so they can communicate without having to issue any type of sound with vocal cords. Thus communication between Betty and Rosana was accessible even when they are submerged.

The pair of divers believe that if other practitioners learn how to communicate with LIBRAS or other gestural language, it would encourage more divers to follow the same steps and thus solve the problem of communication within water.

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