CLEVELAND, Ohio – Although the temperatures are much warmer than average this December, the Coast Guard wants to warn swimmers and boaters that the water will still be very cold.
Although the air will be over 50 degrees, the water will be just around 40 degrees.
“Warm air temperatures can create a false sense of security for boaters,” said Mike Baron, recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District. “Cool water drains body heat up to 25 times faster than cool air, which is why we encourage boaters to always dress for the water temperature and not the air temperature.”
Swimmers have the greatest risk. Paddlers have a higher risk than boaters because there is an increased chance of getting wet.
Here are a few additional safety tips from the Coast Guard: