Cold Water Shock - What Is It and How To Avoid It
Cold water is any water below 15°C. Entering into cold water can have a serious effect on your body, so it is important to be aware of Cold Water Shock.
The average sea temperature is 12°C and rivers are usually colder, so this applies for most of the year in the U.K.
- skin blood vessels close, blood flow resistance increases
- the heart has to work harder so blood pressure and heart rate increases
- sudden skin cooling causes involuntary gasps for breath
- movement can be seriously affected
- breathing rates can increase dramatically and get out of control
- you might panic and inhale water into your lungs
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Seven Sea Safty Tips
1. Tide Times
Some beaches look vast but in a blink of an eye all that sand is replaced by ocean water, cutting off unsuspecting paddlers. Other waters hardly seem to move between high and low tide, but have a strong current dragging away from land on a falling tide. Check out the tide tables in your area to work out when the tide is on its way in, and the difference in metres between low and high tide.