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  Again, I appreciate all your advice, but
  Posted by: Toller on Dec-10-12 11:48 PM (EST)

"Go and try it for yourself with whatever you plan paddling in. Don't go too far from shore: 20 feet at most. Capsize and fully immerse, head and all. See how prone you are to gasp reflex. Stay in the water at least 10 minutes. See how that affects your mobility and awareness. Try to get back in your boat. Do have a witness/friend with the ability to warm you up."

As I have mentioned:
1) 100' out is about 4' deep. 20' out would be barely up to my knees, so I don't think I want to capsize there. (my dock is 60' long and the water is 34" deep at the end. I haven't measured out further, but I can see the bottom very clearly, so it can't be very deep.)
2) I have been submerged in water with ice on it (when the air temperature was 20) and while I don't like it, there was no gasp reflex (I suppose I should check to see what that is), and I immediately swam after my canoe and paddle and got them to shore; so there was no noticeable loss of mobility or awareness.
3) 10 minutes? No, I expect I probably would die after 10 minutes. But since I will only be in 3 or 4 feet of water and it won't take more than a couple minutes max to get to shore, I won't be worrying about what will happen in ten minutes.
4) Trying to get back in my boat in 4' of water seems pretty silly. Perhaps that is why it would take 10 minutes?

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