While other boaters may have winterized their boats and have stored them away for the winter, many boaters may still be using their vessels for hunting, fishing or transportation. Others may be out doing other activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snowmobiling.
Unfortunately, with cold weather and winter conditions the risk of a deadly accident is increased. Extra caution and preparation should be taken when taking your boat out on the water.
If you plan on participating in any water activity this winter, make sure you follow these tips to help keep you safe:
**Know the 1-10-1 Principle
1 – You have one minute after being submerged to get your breathing under control and realize what’s happened. If breathing isn’t controlled immediately, the possibility of drowning drastically increases. This is often referred to a body’s response to “cold water shock.”
10 – After gaining your awareness, you have 10 minutes of meaningful movement to help someone self-recover. After 10 minutes, it’s likely the cold water temperatures will cause a loss of dexterity in fingers and arms, lessening the ability to recover yourself.
1 – There is approximately one hour until hypothermia will set in and you could become unconscious.
Knowing the basic cold water immersion principle can greatly increase your chances of survival if something goes wrong. Sudden immersion in cold water can have severe physiological consequences, including cardiac arrest, quick loss of body head (25x’s faster in cold water than in cold air) and involuntary inhalation of water (gasping) that results in drowning
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