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Getting out is not the hard part. It is getting in and going again without getting wet. To get out: If the beach is large enough come in sideways, lean away from shore to as you beach. when the canoe touches bottom on the shore. sit upright and you should be well grounded and close enough to step from canoe to shore while staying dry. If the landing is ...


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According to this article, Avijit Datta and Michael Tipton: Respiratory responses to cold water immersion: neural pathways, interactions, and clinical consequences awake and asleep, A fall in skin temperature elicits a powerful cardiorespiratory response, termed “cold shock,” comprising an initial gasp, hypertension, and hyperventilation despite a ...


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Aside from waders, there's not much you can do to guarantee your feet will stay dry. No matter how high your waterproofing goes it won't help when you fall on your side from a rock shifting under foot (it's a rare exception that it doesn't happen to somebody each trip, and you need to be prepared for that somebody to be you). A method a lot of people employ ...


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5°C (41°F) is very cold water for unacclimatised swimmers, especially if you're used to swimming in 18°C (64°F). You could probably manage a short dip (1 or 2 mins), but I would not plan for longer than than. A couple of years ago I swam outdoors from May-November in my local lido. The water temperature peaked at ~20°C (~68°F) in August, and by the start of ...


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It is likely your cold water reg has diaphragam-like first stage which makes it particularly suited for cold water as well as contaminated water (which is not necessary the case for piston first stage). Usually, first stage designed for cold water have more surface area and mass in order to allow for heat absorption from water (insulation is NOT a good idea!)...


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I did a lot of swimming in NW Ontario when I was a kid, and I've spent more time swimming in lakes and rivers than I have in swimming pools. I find the phrasing of this question curious, because I've never heard any one use the words "wild swimming" nor have I ever considered swimming in a mountain lake or a river "wild". None the less, there are some ...


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The way to get started is to swim in areas that are marked as generally safe. These will typically be a sandy beach on the shores of a small lake. Provincial Parks generally have one of these with float lines marking the "safe" areas. As you can see, you're free to swim outside the lines if you want to. From http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/mikisew There ...


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I do believe cold-shock is a real threat, but the reaction is a combination of physical and psychological reactions. As being dropped in near freezing water is a horrendous experience, even for the more hardy of us. The mind goes into full panic, only wanting to get up out of the water, often flailing and thrashing to do so. The physical effect just pours ...


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I don't have any good references for calorie expenditure, given that there are so many variables, so I will leave that to someone with a proper reference. In my personal experience in cold-weather, back country hiking and camping, the best time to wash is not at the end of a day's exertion when you are prone to getting chilled, but rather prior to starting ...


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Here's one study: http://www.eisberg.narod.ru/Ch17-ColdWaterImmersion.pdf And a couple of snippets, the first showing how water cools faster than air. In this test with 10degC water, subject's core temperature was still over 36degC after approx 40 minutes. ...and the second showing effect of different clothing. In this test with 10degC water, subject (...


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Adding to previous answers: If shore slope is shallow then beach head-on, otherwise come in sideways. For head-on approach, keep weight back to lift the bow, then shift weight forward after beaching. Use your paddle to give an extra leg of support, and use it as a push pole so that your walking forward doesn't un-beach the boat. Walk forward staying in ...


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The guys in New Zealand make thermal underwear made from polypropylene - different material to the stuff that the fancy brands use. It's cheap, and it stays warm even when - not if - you get wet. Spent a couple of hours in a freezing NZ stream in a leaky wetsuit and two layers of that stuff: not a problem. James Jenkins is right about bare legs = good, ...


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What kind of environment is the trip in? If you can find straight shores designed for mooring boats getting in and out dry should not be a problem. If the shores are all shallow and beach like the simplest solution would be to bring some rubber boots that can get wet. It you can give any more details about what you're worried about, what your skill levels ...


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Canadian glacier lake swimmer here - You can train your body to overcome the cold shock response. It's a matter of mind over body, yes your body responds to the sudden shock of diving into cold water, but the trick to overcoming it is to relax, slow your brain down, and focus on controlling your breathing. The best way to do this minimize your movements, ...


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When a canoe has one end on shore,it's unstable. It helps if one person squats with knees on either side of the bow while the first person steps in. At the end, the bowsman steps into the canoe and pushes off at the same time. Approaching shore, try for a spot with few rocks, and hit the shore moving at about 1/2 speed. Bowsman steps out onto the shore. ...


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On a dare with a friend I went into the Saskatchewan River while the river was still running with broken ice, and there were bergybits in the main current. The bet was to stay in 1 minute up to our chins. We both made it, and were cold for half an hour. In our school program we require that all canoe trips start with a training camp that includes dumping ...


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Well, when you touch something very cold, it can be like touching something hot. You get the same reaction to jerk away from it quickly. I believe Cold Shock is essentially the same thing, except you're either immersed or covered in the cold water, so your brain goes into a state of panic as it's trying to get away from the water covering you - Obviously not ...


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