Chapter 4: Emergency Preparation

Preparing for Cold Water Boating

If boating in cold waters, wear additional cold water protection. This protection may include:

Cold Water Boating

Anti-Exposure Work Suit: This is a lifejacket with a high thermal protection rating.

Dry Suit: For use in addition to a PFD and a thermal liner.

Floater Suit: This is a full body "nose to toes" suit with a thermal liner.

Immersion Suit: Used in extreme conditions or when abandoning the boat.

Wet Suit: These suits trap and heat water against one’s body. Make sure to wear a PFD as well.

Be sure to check which of these suits act as PFDs and which are intended to be used in addition to a PFD when selecting the appropriate safety gear when boating in cold waters.

Of course, if possible one should avoid boating in waters cold enough to cause cold water immersion. Additionally, always practice safety tips which reduce chances of a capsizing or fall overboard.

In the event of a capsizing, carrying proper signaling or communication devices can expedite aid and rescue. But the first line of defense is the most essential and basic safety tool available, the PFD. Chances of survival greatly increase while wearing a PFD or lifejacket. Wear it at all times.