Cold-Water Paddling Policy
Paddlers who wear their life jacket and appropriate protective clothing can decrease that risk.
Cold Water Policy
To decrease the risk of hypothermia, cold incapacitation, and cold shock, all paddlers who rent or demo boats from our rental locations are required to wear a wetsuit or drysuit when the water temperature is below 50°F. If the water temperature is below 60°F at a given location, that location's web page will show an alert.
When the water temperature is below 60°F, all paddlers are required to read Off-Season Boating, Cold Shock, and Hypothermia by Chuck Sutherland.
Paddlers are encouraged, but not required, to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures between 50°F and 60°F.
For further information, we recommend our How to Dress for Cold Water Paddling guide.
Cold-water paddlers should wear specialized clothing that will help delay or decrease the risk of hypothermia and cold shock. For more information on choosing clothing for cold-water paddling, read our How To Dress for Cold-Water Paddling guide.
Don't kid yourself — cold water is no joke!