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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 dimension lumber and either several styrofoam blocks, or at least four 45 gallon plastic drums. Your local marina will have barrels in the fall that propylene ...


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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 keeping your core warm, and that's a good thing There's a phenomenon known as after-drop, which can lead to hypothermia if not managed well. This is why you can get ...


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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 to climb onto the foam, by increasing friction and catching on the edge, a task which an agile swimmer (i.e. most children and many adults) would otherwise ...


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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 you are stuck under. There are inflatable platforms available that are much safer, built the same way as stand up paddles. They are made of Vinyl-like ...


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Broadly speaking, your steps seem perfectly reasonable. Completing them will leave you with a board with protection and strength. Your question at the bottom is entirely up to you - if you are likely to bash the nose into rocks or while transporting, then adding more layers will add protection, but personally I wouldn't worry too much. They are pretty robust....


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