Home - The Chesapeake Paddlers Association, Inc.
Cold Water Clinic and Swim Your Suit
CPA members ONLY, Limit 30. You MUST register for this event and in order to receive event details. Registration details to follow. Join us for a couple of hours of classroom work on the theory and practice of dressing for cold water, followed by a swim test of your cold water gear to see how well it actually works (without the BIG drawback of really, really, really NEEDING it to work!). Bring your cold water gear & a chair to sit in. To Register, click http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5110900842
REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL, YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR THE WAIT LIST.
In a preventable tragedy that repeats itself every year, warm air temperatures lure people into taking small boats out on lethally cold water, where a large number of them capsize or fall in - and drown. These folks aren't stupid, or intentionally reckless, and many are good swimmers; they simply have the misfortune of falling into a exceptionally lethal and well-camouflaged trap.
The water doesn't look deadly; in fact, it looks really inviting, and of course nothing bad occurs until someone actually falls in. When that does happen, however, any boater not properly dressed for cold water immersion is immediately plunged into a desperate, life-threatening race against time and the terribly lethal power of cold water:
Cold Shock, Physical Incapacitation, Swimming Failure, and eventually, in the unlikely event that they live that long, Immersion Hypothermia.
While not typically a year round situation in Virginia, in many parts of the country such as the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, and New England, this dangerous warm air & cold water combination exists year round -- even in the summer when paddlers often choose to vacation in locations to the north.
Valuable, Life-Saving Information
The material on cold water safety and survival presented in this important workshop is vital for anyone venturing onto cold water in a small craft, whether their sport is canoeing, kayaking, angling, hunting, paddleboarding, board sailing, rowing, surf skiing, sailing, or motorboating. It's also particularly valuable for risk management, occupational safety, emergency management and search and rescue professionals.
What you'll learn in this 3 hour workshop (2 hours classroom followed by 1 hour of 'field testing') could save your own life as well as the lives of others, and there's no better instructor to teach you about the myths, misconceptions, and reality of cold water safety and survival than Moulton Avery.
Bring your personal Cold Weather Paddling Gear (optional, but recommended)
Immediately following the classroom portion of the workshop, we will venture out to test our own gear in the cold water. This should be both an informative and an eye opening experience for many. A great opportunty to test your gear in a safe situation -- before you really need it in a life threatening event.
Moulton Avery is an expert on heat and cold stress, and an internationally recognized authority on cold water safety. He served as Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Physiology in Washington, DC for ten years, where he developed the first national public health campaigns to safeguarding vulnerable populations during extremes of hot and cold weather.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Moulton was Director of Carolina Wilderness Institute, a non-profit skills-based wilderness school he founded in North Carolina, where he developed and taught dozens of semester-length courses, classes, and workshops on a wide range of wilderness travel and outdoor recreation subjects.
Moulton has been a key figure in promoting cold water safety for over thirty years, and his work on heat and cold stress prevention has been nationally featured in hundreds of newspaper articles, radio programs, and television shows, including The Washington Post, All Things Considered, and Oprah.
He is the author of 15 journal and magazine articles on the subject of heat and cold stress and his writing has appeared in publications such as Emergency Medical Services, Encyclopaedia Britannica, American Pharmacy, Aging, Rowing USA, and Sea Kayaker. His pioneering article Cold Shock appeared in Sea Kayaker Magazine Vol.7, No. 4, 1991, and his article Anatomy of A Bad Decision appeared in Sea Kayaker's November 2010 newsletter.
Moulton is a former EMT, ARC Flatwater Canoeing Instructor, ACA Whitewater Canoeing Instructor, and ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor and Instructor Trainer. He gave his first lecture on Accidental Hypothermia in 1974.
Start Paddling Sooner!
Print out and sign this CPA Waiver of Liability form and bring it with you to the launch location.