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Cold Water Immersion Clinic with Suzanne Hutchinson

Dorothy T.
user 21244231
Burlington, VT
Post #: 2
Here are the notes I took:

Radiation, Evaporation (wicking), Convection
Paddle layers like a house with moisture movement, insulation and siding.
Washing—use powdered detergent (BioClean good) –Liquid soap clogs pores of fabric, no wicking
don’t use plastic hanger
Gortex- one way channel for water--
Can lose 2 cups of water a day through feet
Wool- Fragile when wet
Nylon-cold butt (bathing suit)
Exoffico underwear or no underwear—
Suzanne has a fleece changing tent
Base Layer: Polartec Power dry ( Wool +)
breathable next to skin
Plastic bin in car for post paddle wet gear
-rinse all after both fresh and salt water
Don’t leave stuff in car with gaskets-
use 303 on gaskets 3 or 4 times a year,
woodstoves breaks down gaskets.
Trigent silicone grease for neck latex allergies
LIFE VEST – 3 pockets: laser pointing device, flare,
food (nuts and raisins in plastic bottle),
Handwarmer –Proheat reusable , in sandwich box
MESH DUFFLE BAG-WET, always goes in boat :
2 Clear plastic boxes (Pelican superior)
First aid: digital thermometer, toothbrush,
readiing glasses
Boat Repair kit
Night paddling kit: 4 glow sticks (fish lure)
2 boat, 2 body, extra batteries,
strap on compass, waterproof
headlamp, flashlight
Clothes Bag:
Gortex Cag, gloves, hat (Surfskin –like a swim
Contact tow
Little Bag: Flares night/day (Hamilton Marine,
Painess in Essex Conn?)
Shelter Bag : we didn’t get to it
Sun core rash guard tee shirt, neo Core shirts, Surfskin pants( men’s) long, short sleeve paddle
jacket, paddle jacket with hood, Polartec Power dry top for insulation, surfer wetsuit,
paddle pants with feet,-semi dry
pee funnel( silicone too soft-they collapse, funnel can overflow)
to use: try naked in bathtub, then with pants, drysuit,
only then out and about
ray g.
user 23422441
Burlington, VT
Post #: 11
Only thing I can add to that is how to put the suit on and off, and types of boot to wear over the suit
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