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What is a 'Whitecap' and why should I be concerned about boating in them?

White caps are named for the white caps at the top of waves. White caps are sign that the wind is picking up and that the weather conditions are getting worse and look like this at low wind levels. ...
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What kind of personal flotation devices should surfers use? Or does the surfboard provide that function?

Generally, the board is your flotation device. Because you need to be able to dive, any additional flotation is likely to impede your ability to surf well. And you are absolutely right, that the ...
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What kind of personal flotation devices should surfers use? Or does the surfboard provide that function?

Regarding that tragedy: In that specific instance the victims were most likely not killed by water filling their lungs, but the dense foam. I don't think there is any current flotation device what ...
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What is a 'Whitecap' and why should I be concerned about boating in them?

As well stated in another answer, whitecaps (the white tips of waves) are a visual indicator of local wind speed over the water. Just wanted to add emphasis that whitecaps, as an indicator of wind, ...
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How dangerous is swimming fully dressed in cotton/denim clothes?

Cotton kills - but only when not in water. Whilst in water, cotton will not have any thermal effect. However, the material itself can easily wear you down through drag. You might be able to swim ...
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Is is okay for a SUP-pump to get wet?

I'm assuming you have some sort of barrel pump like this one pictured? In short, it is fine but not great if it gets wet. The pump will work better and last longer if kept dry. Water will mess up the ...
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Can a floating foam pad be used as a cottage swim platform?

You can't use the soft mats as a diving platform, nor can you get fully out of the water on them. (A concern if water is cold.) Building an offshore platform is fairly straight forward: You need ...
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Using liniment / heat rub to warm up feet

Depending on how cold the rest of you has got, warming the extremities by increasing blood flow to them may be a bad idea. They're probably numb in the first place because your body prioritises ...
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What's the best way to train oneself to swim in open waters?

The straightforward answer is that you train yourself for resilience and stamina by practicing. The good thing is that strength, technique and stamina are all trainable in a pool, which is much safer ...
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What degree and/or type of athleticism is required in no-limits free diving?

The abilities required are developed through practice and mostly focus on three areas: increasing the oxygenation capability of the body retraining autonomic apnoea responses minimising the metabolic ...
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How should latex socks be fitted to a drysuit?

I scuba dive with dozens of divers who exclusively used Viking drysuits. The photo you have shows a similar drysuit, though not as heavy duty. After about a dozen or two dives, each one of the ...
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What is the best way to plan an inland sailing trip?

If you look on an online map of the lake (actually, it used to be sea and it is only that it is behind a dike that it is now called a lake) and you will see that there are many smaller and some bigger ...
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Learning to Surf in Goa - Your advice

Definitely do it, you can make enormous progress in 4 days! But take safety seriously in the ocean: Buy your own leash and carefully check that the connection to the rental surfboard is very secure. ...
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How should latex socks be fitted to a drysuit?

The sock would have been glued in there, yes. In service the socks and the wrist seals would have been replaced often as they didn't last long. Now you can glue either booties, the latex socks or just ...
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Are coasteering routes graded, or does one have to rely on a qualitative description of the difficulties of a route?

From the coasteering excursions I and my family have been on in Scotland, the rest of the UK and some other European countries, there appears to be no consistent grading. What I have seen is use of ...
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Where are some places for people who can't stand up to learn water skiing?

It looks like the gear you need is what is called a "sit ski" Individuals that are unable to stand will ski using a “sit ski,” which comes in a variety of sizes from wide, stable skis to ...
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Where are some places for people who can't stand up to learn water skiing?

Seems like standing on conventional skis is out if cannot stand. There actually is a disabled skiing category. There is specialty equipment and I bet as least one ski camp that caters to the ...
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Can a floating foam pad be used as a cottage swim platform?

It's very likely the kids will fall over when they move around on a foam mat - that's part of the fun. Jumping in is easy from these foam rafts, proper diving not so much. PFDs would make it harder ...
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Can a floating foam pad be used as a cottage swim platform?

I would never trust a flexible and thin foam mat like that with kids, even wearing PFDs. They are very hard to climb back onto, and the fact that they are flexible makes it hard to push away from when ...
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Earliest in the year one could deep water solo in Majorca?

Earliest in the year one could deep water solo in Majorca? Well it is safe to say that the month of March is somewhat too cold. People in Mallorca go swimming in October. But then the water ...
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What material is a good alternative to neoprene?

Fleece dries fast, and fleece is relatively warm while wet. It's probably the best you're going to get in normal clothing materials. But it's not an alternative to a wetsuit or drysuit, more of a "I'm ...
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What material is a good alternative to neoprene?

I would say that it would depend more on the air temperature. If you have cold water and rather warm temperatures, such as rafting on a cold river on a hot summer day, then synthetics like polyester ...
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Where can I get long but light bottoms for water?

I was searching for something like that myself earlier this year. Living in Florida, I was trying to find long pants that are light, cool, and dry quickly that I could wear hiking, camping, and ...
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What is the best way to plan an inland sailing trip?

Some suggestions have already been given, but I'll try it anyway. Do note that this answer includes personal opinion and your decisions will depend a lot on your preferences. how do I find the right ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

I'll say full boot (more comfortable, and you don't need to buy booties), open toe (for water and sand to drain), solid (more sturdy against accidental strikes), and on the shorter end of the models. ...
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How can I adjust a neoprene wrist/neck seal on a drysuit, by cutting and joining?

I finished the job last night, using "Black Witch" glue and reinforcing tape. It looks good so far - the join is like a less tidy version of the seam in my first picture, as I erred on the side of ...
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How can I adjust a neoprene wrist/neck seal on a drysuit, by cutting and joining?

A YouTube search for “neoprene neck gasket repair” yielded some hits such as this one in which the guy uses a heat gun to remove the tape on the seam: https://youtu.be/MtEODsp1JO8 The advantage of ...
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How dangerous is swimming fully dressed in cotton/denim clothes?

For most people "swimming" is just splashing around and having fun in the water. If this is the case, heavier materials like cotton and denim are no more dangerous than anything else. Just take a ...
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What is the best way to plan an inland sailing trip?

This is a whole bunch of questions and every answer will also depend on your preferences. So I will start with the easy one. There are plenty of handbooks for marinas that will list the layout of each....
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What is the best way to plan an inland sailing trip?

I went on a sailing trip on the IJsselmeer in school almost two decades back. We chartered a "Flat Bottom Boat", something like this, but there are smaller ones, too. These are mostly ...
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