RE: [ksurfschool] Cold water danger!
- This has happened to me before when falling waterskiing - the water pressure
pushed water right into my ear, and I dived under and the only way I knew
which way to swim (in dark river water) was by going towards the light. I
was TOTALLY disorientated, and had to be helped into the boat. IMHO
Most of the guys I kitesurf with however wear helmets, a very recommended
practice, and this should protect you from this happening ...
From: Mark Frasier [mailto:brockus@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2001 6:08 AM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Cold water danger!
Dave Raue told me about something that apparently surfers and windsurfers
are aware of but I never knew. If you get a shot of cold water in your ear
(way in) it can temporarily mess up your balance quite severely, to the
point of not knowing which way's up and being unable to walk or even stand
up. Could be dangerous even in shallow water. Dave says to wear a hood or
earplugs when the water's cold.
Dave's wife is in the medical profession in some capacity and she says they
check for a comatose state by squirting cold water in a patient's ear. If
the patient's eyes start rolling around the person's brain is getting the
"dizzy" signal and is not in a coma (if I understand correctly).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hung Vu" <hungvu@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2001 8:22 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Cold water danger!
> I went out today in somewhat cold water and air (about 7 degrees C water
> and 10 degrees C air).
> At the end of the day the kite dropped (twice) and to my surprise, I
> could not relaunch my AR5 11.5 at all (fortunately the wind was somewhat
> on shore and I had to let the wind drifted me to shore).
> The inability to relaunch the AR5 11.5 in cold water is probably due to
> 3 reasons:
> 1- In cold water, your body loose a lot of energy
> 2- In cold water, you are not as nimble as usual
> 3- With a few layer of wet suits (I got 2 layers of shorty and 1 layer
> of steamer with neoprene glove), you simply can't swim properly.
> Just be careful in cold water!
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