Canadian Yachting June 2015 - (Page 8)
We used to think that hypothermia was something that we all
needed to know about cold water immersion. However, research
has shown that few people who fall into cold water make it through
hypothermia. They die long before.
What you need to know is a simple series of numbers... 1 - 10 - 1.
It is the second most important thing to remember to survive an
accidental fall into cold water. If you fall into cold water:
* You have 1 minute to get your breathing under control. The initial
cold shock will have you gasping for air, breathing uncontrollably
and probably panicking. Keeping afloat and breathing will be very
difficult but concentrate on just getting your breathing under
control and you can expect gasping to pass in about 1 minute.
* During the next 10 minutes you will experience Cold
Incapacitation and your body, in an attempt to preserve core
temperature, will shunt blood to its core causing your limbs to
shut down and quickly making it impossible for you to self rescue
or even stay afloat.
* After Cold Incapacitation, hypothermia will finally start to set in
but you can expect that will take about 1 hour to become unconscious and still longer before you
succumb to hypothermia.
* Remember those numbers ! 1 - 10 - 1; the second most important thing to know and understand if you
accidentally fall into cold water. And you already know the first!
* Wear your lifejacket before you accidentally end up in cold water or you will likely be down before the
count even starts.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2015
Vantage Point: Introduce a Friend to Boating
Waterfront: Cold Water Awareness, Easter Seals Regatta, Ask the Experts
Club Profile: Sarnia Yacht Club
Galley Guys - Cobourg Stroll
Fitness On Board Series: Part 1
Feature: Summer Antique Boat Shows and Marine Museums
Destination: Port Dover: Bikes, Perch and Dogs
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 37
Power Review: Azimut Magellano 43
Crossing the Line: Everything Old is New Again
Canadian Yachting June 2015