I know "dress for immersion", but what does that mean to those of us on the gulf coast? I need reasonable recommendations.
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-20-13 8:58 PM (EST)
It depends on where you are paddling|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Oct-21-13 12:19 AM (EST)
But beyond that hypothermia is the same wherever you live. When water temps get low I stick to places where I know I will be able to exit the water if I need to. Carry a change of clothes in a dry bag with a dozen chemical hand warmers and another set in the truck at the takeout. Don't wear cotton, Don't wear jeans, Don't wear a big hoodie that is going to drag you under, keep your PFD on and beware of how your body will react to sudden immersion in cold water.
It depends on the water temperature|
Posted by: JackL on Oct-21-13 5:30 AM (EST)
and the air temperature.
so if I wanted to paddle|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Oct-23-13 8:40 PM (EST)
from Key Largo to Key West (one of my bucket list trips) in March, I wouldn't need a wetsuit or drysuit?
"Dress for Immersion" can mean|
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-21-13 3:28 PM (EST)
dress for heat exhaustion.
Posted by: zerbe on Oct-21-13 9:47 PM (EST)
You can die almost instantly from the results of cold shock in water 50-60 degrees. Please read about it at coldwatersafety.org
A few can, but I have survived that |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-21-13 10:26 PM (EST)
and lower many times. The key to the shock factor is mental preparation, though I know of cases where the person was not prepared at all, yet lived.
That event was real|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-21-13 10:43 PM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Oct-22-13 11:34 AM (EST)
IN LOUISIANA, YOU'RE ABOUT AS FAR NORTH|
Posted by: scupperfrank on Oct-22-13 1:45 PM (EST)
When I said depends where you paddle|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Oct-22-13 7:34 PM (EST)
I was referring to the Gulfcoast, meaning creeks and bayous or out on the sound. I can count on one hand the number of nights we get below freezing in a year. Daytime highs in the upper fifties is considered the depths of winter.
Posted by: davavd on Oct-23-13 1:31 PM (EST)
Lots of good info - I appreciate the responses. Nothing too crazy here; all perfectly doable without spending a lot.