How to Stay Warm When Boating on Chilly Waters

One of the most dangerous aspects of boating in a cold-weather adventure is the risk of hypothermia. Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. It can occur as a result of prolonged exposure to cold air, or more dramatically when a person is suddenly immersed in cold water.

As we’ve officially entered fall and are rapidly heading into winter, are you prepared for all of your boating endeavors? Boat insurance can be your saving grace in a moment of need, but it’s important to also be prepared for any potential cold weather-related mishaps that could happen this season.  

Preparing Yourself for the Cold

There are certain things you can easily do to help stay warm out there on chilly waters. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Having lots of layers on will help you survive if you do end up in the water. Wearing a hat can also make a huge difference since 50 percent of your heat can be lost through the top of your head. Bring extra clothes in a dry bag in case someone gets wet. Eat high-energy foods before you set out and have them readily available. 

If several people ever were to become stranded in the water, they should form a huddle. Facing inward, they should link their arms over each others’ shoulders or under each others’ arms to get as close as possible, to share as much heat as possible. If there are children or seniors along, they should go to the center of the huddle so they can receive warmth from both front and back. Two or more people huddled together can increase survival time by 50 percent. Sharing body heat really does work and can be a matter of life and death.

Other Tips to Stay Warm

If the water and air temperatures added together are less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to take heat-protecting measures.

Always wear a properly-fitted life jacket. There are even special life jackets that have extra insulation to double as an additional warm layer. This could save your life!

Be sure to be equipped with plenty of clothing layers on. The first layer should be a synthetic fabric, which will keep cool water away from your skin. Cotton keeps cool water close to the skin and should certainly be avoided as the first layer.

Energy bars and warm beverages are super helpful! It is in your best interest to be fully prepared for any boating adventure.

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