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Cold Water Immersion Risks

Often, when we discuss cold water immersion in our marine safety workshops, students will bring up the dangers of hypothermia. Their concerns are often misplaced. It's not exactly that they are wrong. Hypothermia is a killer. But, the body's response to sudden immersion in cold water can kill you long before you develop hypothermia. It's gratifying then, to see the the BoatU.S. Foundation has published a concise article on cold water immersion, Gasp! The Four Stages of Cold Water Immersion, that describes what happens when you fall into cold water, what to do, and what not to do. From the article: Cold Shock - Falling into cold water provokes an immediate gasp reflex. If your head is under w

Creating a Culture of Safety: Teaching Cold-Water Safety & Survival Skills for Children

If you are an Alaska educator, you know that kids here spend a lot of time on the water and outdoors. Since 1985, AMSEA trained educators across the state have trained thousands of children in outdoor survival skills. You can join them in bringing these life saving skills to your students by taking our online course, Cold-Water Safety & Survival Training for Educators. Offered in partnership with the Sitka Campus of the University of Alaska Southeast, we will be offering this course again during the 2018 spring semester. This course is designed for educators and others that want to teach children cold-water safety and survival skills. The course instructs educators on AMSEA's K-12 curriculum

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