One thing you left out
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Dec-09-12 9:04 AM (EST)
Historically, inuit villages lost as many as 1/3 of their hunters to capsizes where rolling or rescue where the paddler did not exit the cockpit couldn't save them, and that included Greenland.
And keep in mind that it was mostly Greenlanders that rolled. Most other (But not all) arctic cultures did not. There was one famous interview from the late 1800's or early 1900's where an old kayaker was asked what to do in the event of a capsize, and the answer roughly translated to "You shouldn't do that".
Wear some cold water immersion clothing. The stories about inuit being immune to cold water are total bunk.