Boating and Hypothermia: Tips And Suggestions

Every single boater must be aware about boating safety especially hypothermia. The chilly water gives a serious risk to a boater that falls out of his boat even when he’s with a life jacket. You have to get out of water or else you will get paralyzed.

Body parts which have the highest warmth loss are:

  • The neck.
  • The head. 
  • The groin.
  • The arm pits.

What is Hypothermia ?

When immersed in chilly water the blood flows out of the bodies limbs returning into the body core. This makes the arms and legs inoperable. The entire body core contains the heart, lungs, brain, liver and all other essential organs. These are guarded by the body when hypothermia begins. The blood circulation system of the body regulates the body heat just like the radiator and its hoses control the heat on the car.

Symptoms Of Hypothermia

  • Shivering
  • Pale face
  • Lower body temperature
  • Lower pulse
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion

Take care of the hypothermic sufferer carefully. A hypothermia can lead to a heart attack.  In case someone has hypothermia: Get the hypothermic sufferer to a warm place. Remove them wet clothes. Put them in cozy clothes. Cover the person in blankets (electric blankets if you can). In case individual has slurred talk avoid giving him or her food or even water.

Basic Safety Suggestions For Boaters:

  • Be careful if boating in cold water.
  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Decrease your vessel speed. 
  • Be careful when angling.
  • Don’t cross broad areas of open water if the weather is bad. 

What To Do If You Are Overboard

Attempt to manage your breathing and maintain your head higher than water. Be sure your life jacket is tied and zipped up safely. Follow the boat. Keep the clothes on. Soaked clothes still protect the body rather than without clothes on. Go up on the capsized boat. Keep as much of the body from the water as you can.


  • mobile-phone-in-plastic bagPut a whistle on your life jacket. Then you have a way to signal for help. 
  • Keep a mobile phone in a little sealable plastic bag. Thru the plastic bag you are able to push the button, speak and listen to just great. 


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