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post Oct 22 2004, 04:40 AM
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It's that time of year again, the COLD water is back!

All of us who are still going out and enjoying the Fall winds should take some time to consider the effects and dangers of being a warm blooded kiteboarder in cold water.

We all need to consider how quickly a person can be zapped of their stregnth and ability to think when immersed in cold water.

Below are two great links which are must reads. Remember, you might not have your wetsuit/drysuit on when you take a trip into the water. Perhaps you've walked out onto the pier to check the winds and woops, you trip and end up in the water.

http://www.searoom.com/hypothermia.htm

http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/hea.../pdf/ws0401.pdf

In addition to these links, you may want to consider the following:

Keep a thermos style bottle full of a warm drink, to help mantain your body heat.

Sun-Shower makes a product that is a 4 gallon black plastic bag with a little shower nozzle on it. I fill it with Hot Tap water before leaving he house, put the entire bag in an insulated box (cooler), seal it up and have steaming hot water available right at the beach. If needed, we would be able to put the nozzle into a wetsuit and re-warm an over cooled kiteboarder. If I don't use it in an emergency, it sure feels great on the hands and feet after a cold water session. Also, I use it to wash down my board and gear at the end of the day. You can purchase a "Sun-Shower" at most marine supply stores.

Keep a blanket or two handy if you need to re-warm or for emergency use.

Kiteboarding with a buddy is mandatory under these conditions.

Bring an old coat to the beach for use OVER your wetsuit when you come in to rest or are finished kiteboarding. It will cut the wind and keep you warm .

We all should have a "what if" plan.... what if my dry suit got torn open? what if I lost my kite way out here... After reading that you loose your ability to swim after about 5 minutes in cold water, the prospects are a little grim.

Have a read of the above links, have a safety plan for cold water, and continue to have fun till the icebergs keep us off the water!

Mike
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