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SOR 93(1) – Emergency Procedures
SOR 93(2) – Training
SOR 144 – Fall Protection Systems
SOR 147 – Protection Against Drowning
SOLAS 3 – Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements
Cold water carries the body’s heat away 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.
“Cold water” is any water that is 70 degree F or colder. (Nat’l Water Safety Congress)
The 1-10-1 rule says you have one minute to control your breathing, less than 10 minutes for self-rescue, and one hour before you become unconscious due to hypothermia. (Nat’l Water Safety Congress)
A person’s survival in cold water depends on a number of factors, including the following:
• Body size and build.
• Ability to swim.
• Cold tolerance.
• If they’re wearing a lifejacket or PFD (personal floatation device).
Conserving your body heat is the most important thing you can do if you are in cold water. Use the HELP position to do this.
HELP stands for Heat Escape Lessoning Position. It is when you cross your legs, raise your knees to your chest, and hug yourself.
The USCG estimates that 80% of boating fatalities could be prevented if people would wear life jackets. (USCG)