COLD WATER KILLS: FREE COLD WATER SAFETY AWARENESS SEMINAR: October 27
BOISE (October 18, 2012) In an effort to make the boating public more aware of the dangers of cold water, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation boating program is sponsoring a cold water safety awareness session on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10 am to 12 pm. The session will be conducted at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Headquarters office located at 5657 Warm Spring Avenue in Boise.
“All boaters, including waterfowl hunters and fishermen, need to be aware of the potential dangers if they accidentally fall into the water,” says Dave Dahms, state boating law administrator.
When a person falls into cold water the shock of the cold water causes you to gasp for air. It literally takes your breath away. With all this gasping, hyperventilation will kick in, which can reduce blood flow to the brain and your oxygen supply. This may cause dizziness and confusion. Along with the hyperventilation, there is a claustrophobic feeling of not being able to get enough air and this increases the potential for panic. And if that’s not enough, the ability to hold your breath is almost impossible. Without a life jacket to keep you afloat, a person that accidentally falls into cold water may drown within minutes.
Highlights of the safety awareness session include a short safety video and discussion of safety equipment and practices with boating safety professionals and marine law enforcement officers. In addition, several practical exercises are being planned that will help aid your cold water awareness.
The session is free for the public, and will benefit fishermen, waterfowl hunters, boaters and other recreational enthusiasts. Individuals are asked to register ahead of time for planning purposes. For more information or to register contact Dave Dahms at (208) 514-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org