Discussion started by Alex Mauer , on 13 December 06:32 AM
A quick dip into freezing water can kill. Despite what you may have herd hypothermia isn’t the first thing to get ya. Don’t get me wrong if you survive the plunge, make it back to your board, and don’t get out of the cold fast enough it will. The shock of the cold water is the first thing that will get you. When your body hit’s the cold water the reaction of your body is to gasp for air. With this happening you may in fact inhale water. Five ounce is all it takes to drown. If you survive that, the next thing that will get you in disorientation. Stay in that freezing water long enough and you may become disorientated. I herd a story of someone who fell into freezing water close to shore and they got disorientated and ended up swimming toward the middle of the lake. If you are going out in freezing water and weather, make sure you wear the proper gear! Check out the first SUP specific dry suit from Ocean Minded. Stay safe and I will see you on the water!
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The difficulty comes when the nice sunny days of spring and 70 F deg air and 38 F water and the wet suit is wet from inside, just how thick of a wet suit is best ? and not overheat. Is a dry suit better and how warm of air temp can a SUPer handle in a Gortex suit without overheating in the sun.
Thanks Alex! Such important information. Paddling in freezing temps is something to be undertaken with caution. A wetsuit only works for a limited amount of time, especially if you are standing on the board & paddling back in frigid temps. Mahalo & stay safe!