Wear kayaks in cold weather

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Kayaking in cold weather can be very dangerous if you do not wear proper protective clothing. If you get caught unprepared, the consequences can be fatal. In this article, we will help you to understand what to wear and why to wear it when the weather/water is cold.

As a rule, you should wear specially designed kayak clothing that will protect you when you fall into cold water. You may think you will never get off your kayak, but it can happen. If you suddenly drown in cold water, you will be glad to read this article and buy the right equipment to keep you safe.

Water temperature and air temperature

The most common mistake polders make is a complete lack of understanding of the environment in which they live. Most growers dress according to air temperature and do not take into account the ambient water temperature. On a sunny spring day, the air temperature is 90 degrees, but the water temperature is cool up to 45 degrees! As a rover, you need to know the air and water temperature throughout the season.

Summer is the safest time for kayak shoes, but the early fall season is also very comfortable and sometimes the water is not too cold. This is because large water sources maintain homeostasis, which means it maintains temperature. After warming in summer, the water is relatively warm until autumn. On the other hand, in the spring, after the winter solstice, we can experience the coldest water temperatures of the year. That is why it is important to dress not only for air temperature but also for immersion.

Before we discuss what to wear, let us tell you some stories about some happy people who are not ready for their environment. If you feel we are trying to intimidate you, we will offer our feedback. We always want everyone in the water to come home safely.

* Example 1 –

About 5 years ago we had a very cold winter. In early April, the water temperature is about 45 degrees. We have an 80-degree day range, which often happens at this time of year. The young couple decided to take a sea bike ride on the Long Island Sound and enjoy the beautiful weather. They dressed for the warmth of the air and did not care about the cold water. At the very least there were casual summer outfits to wear with wet clothes. Eventually, they were thrown from the jet skis. The hypothermia started immediately, freezing their muscles and preventing them from swimming backward or climbing on jet skis. They were both dead. You have to be ready to sink. Sinking is hard, but you have to be ready for it and get dressed.

* Example 2 –

Another imminent tragedy occurred on December 1, when a kayak policeman went out alone on a very good day and stayed in the big sea and could not return. He decided to wait for some rocks in the middle of the bay. As darkness fell, he was stuck on the freezing edge there. He was not ready for the opportunity to spend more time outside his kayak and was exposed to the weather. He had no extra clothes or a cell phone and only a torch. Fortunately, when someone was shot on the beach he saw his lonely flames and asked for help. I’m sure he did not have to deal with the temperature drop due to the wind causing 20 degrees cold when he started his ride on a beautiful 50-degree day. You can never pack enough clothes!

* Example 3 –

Hypothermia does not occur only when water or air is cold. It can happen at any time of the year and almost anywhere. We arrived in the Florida environment no less than in July. We went kayaking in Belo and the weather was hot and humid. You need to activate the air conditioner in the motel room and in the vehicles. The heat was brutal. We went fishing and arrived on the first island on a trip to a more distant island. It was raining thunder in the distance so we decided to go fishing near the first island before proceeding. We decided it was raining and the thunder was approaching. Here we are on a tropical island 20 minutes from our starting point. Realizing that the storm was passing us, we decided to go to our kayak beach on the island and stay in the jungle. The storm passed us and lightning struck. We were drenched due to the rain. Here we wore only t-shirts and shorts in normal storm weather. The temperature dropped and got bigger. We started to shiver. This is the first stage of body heat loss.

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