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It’s mid April, there have been some really nice days, but it’s possibly the most dangerous time to be on the water. The reason is Cold Water. It is essential that you dress for immersion, not the air temperature.
There have already been several unfortunate incidents in our area. A couple of days ago the news media carried the story of two fishermen who capsized their canoe in Smithtown Bay at the mouth of the Nissequogue River. Luckily for them a bird watcher spotted them in the water and was able to notify 911. Nevertheless they were last reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital
In another incident two young men lost their lives in the Hudson. One apparently fell from a pier and the other jumped in to rescue him. Neither made it out alive.
Newsday recently published a couple of photos showing people enjoying their day on the water. The first picture was of a couple of fishermen in their boat on Lake Ronkonkoma. Both appeared to be wearing heavy thermal hooded sweatshirts…..and apparently no Personal Flotation Device (PFDs or Life Jackets). That is in violation of NYS Law which requires PFDs be worn until May 1. The second photo depicted a father and son on the Connetquot River. The son is in a kayak and wearing a PFD but the father, on a stand up paddle board, appeared to be wearing just a tee shirt and shorts…. no PFD as required. I will assume that the folks in these photos ended their day successfully but I wonder how things would have turned out if they had gone into the 40 degree water.
Cold water presents two lethal hazards. The first is Cold Shock. That’s an uncontrollable gasping reflex-action that occurs when your body gets immersed in cold water. If you’re gasping uncontrollably while your head is under water you are finished right then and there. The second hazard is Hypothermia. That’s the lowering of your body temperature which in itself can be fatal. It quickly results in a loss of muscular control which causes swimming failure. You might be a good swimmer but the lack of muscle control will quickly take away even your ability to tread water. Without a PFD you won’t be able to keep your head above water.
At this time of the year, with water temperatures still in the 40’s, it is essential that you’re dressed for immersion in cold water. Either a drysuit or a wetsuit will provide adequate protection for a brief immersion, and properly fitted PFD will help keep your head out of the water. A heavy cotton sweatshirt will afford absolutely no protection in the water, it will soak up so much water and weight it will be harder to pull yourself out, and once soaked it has no insulating value. Wet clothing and wind will just add to evaporative cooling and hypothermia.
Don’t take chances, dress for immersion and wear your PFD.
A Public Service Message from North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak. We’re serious about fun!!
The latest North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak Newsletter by Hal McLaughlin, Spring 2014, is now available. Check it out!
The Winter 2014 edition of the Newsletter is now available on-line. It’s got 35 pages of info including cold weather paddling, wetsuits, drysuits, the Pawlata roll and more.
The Draft South Shore Blueway Plan establishes a water trail along Nassau County’s south shore and is the result of a community-wide trail planning process that identified access points and gaps where further water access is needed to complete the trail.
The South Shore Blueway Trail Draft Plan has been released to the public with a 30-day comment period. During the comment period, which concludes on November 21, people can submit their questions and comments
The public is invited to share their comments both online and during a community discussion November 14, 6:00 pm at Freeport Village Hall Conference Room, located at 46 N. Ocean Avenue, Freeport, New York 11520. Paddlers are invited to help shape the future South Shore Blueway Trail by commenting on the Draft Plan.
Designed by Going Coastal, Inc. and Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP to be a blueprint to cover the development, implementation, maintenance and use of the South Shore Blueway Trail, the plan is a collaborative effort of New York State, Nassau County, Village of Freeport, Town of Hempstead and the Town of Oyster Bay. A key element of the new South Shore Blueway Trail Plan is sustainable, American Disability Act compliant access. The plan also proposes developing a branding strategy and provides for interpretive and educational opportunities that will encourage understanding of the south shore ecosystem and maritime heritage.
Just heard from Greg Paquin of Kayak Waveology about this years’ Autumn Gales event. Autumn Gales is a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers based out of Stonington, CT. The event, scheduled for November 8, 9 and 10, is timed with the higher current flows of Fishers Island Sound to take advantage of the tide races in the area. Kayak Waveology hosts the event and brings in internationally known BCU (British Canoe Union) coaches and local rough water guides. Preceding the event is BCU Skills Training and Assessments from November 4 thru the 7th.
Greg is a BCU Coach 3, BCU 4 Star Assessor, BCU 5*, ACA Level 5 Instructor and Founder of Kayak Waveology. Greg has been sea kayaking for 24 years and teaching it for over 10 years. Renown for his rough water coaching skills, Greg has taught at international symposiums in Wales, Isle of Mann and Spain. Kayak Waveology has been voted Best Kayaking School In the North East by the readers of Sea Kayaker magazine.
On July 27, Renee and I (Lynne) completed “Jerry & Steve’s Annual Manhattan Circumnavigation” (30 miles) with 68 kayakers. It took about 10 1/4 hours to complete, including breaks. From the launch, 7:15 AM, (Tubby Hook, Upper west side of Manhattan in the Inwood section) we paddled south on the Hudson on a strong ebb current. Once we got to the southern end of Manhattan, we had our first stop at Pier 40. Then, coordinating with ferry schedules, crossed the Battery and headed toward Brooklyn. Paddled north on the East River–assisted by a strong flood current. Arrived at Hallet’s Cove Beach/Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, to have lunch and wait for slack tide before the ebb at Hell Gate. We crossed the East River at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, then headed north on the west side of Mill Rock and paddled up the Harlem River as it ebbed north into the Hudson. Stopped for a final break at Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse/Swindler’s Cove. Continued north on the Harlem River through Spuyten Duyvil, which is at the northern end of Manhattan, and then back around to our put-in at Tubby Hook at 5:30 PM.
It was an amazing trip and plan on doing it again next summer.
The NACK Summer Newsletter is now available.
The NACK Spring Newsletter is now online including the Presidents Message, Spring Schedule, Wind & Waves, Build a Greenland Kayak, The Heel Hook Self Rescue Technique and more.