The drysuit is only as good as the layer underneath. Many people get a drysuit and then wear too a thin layer under and get cold. We had a surfskier die in a underlayered drysuit a few years back in the NW.
Most everyone switches to a thicker wetsuit around here for winter training but a few older guys who don't generate much heat use drysuits. Our water temp is 40 in the lakes and 50 in the ocean. A surfer style 4-3 or thicker suit will work better for ski paddling than a drysuit. We had too surfskiers rescued a month ago in thin wetsuits. One with a core temp in the high 80's. He spent the night in hospital.
The common thread with all these rescues and accidents is people who could not remount their ski on their first try or stay in their ski in rough conditions.
PRACTICE REMOUNTING. If the water is too cold for remounting practice you are not dressed appropriately.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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