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Kayaking in the Wintertime in Southern California

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Not into snow? Then you’ll be glad to hear that skiing isn’t the only outdoor activity for wintertime adventuring. Southern California’s coast, harbors and bays are fabulous locations for kayaking in the colder months of the year. For those who want to do more Kayaking Newport Beachthan curl up on the couch and watch TV, kayaking in the wintertime is an enjoyable activity that keeps you active and physically fit. Kayaking in the winter can also be calming to kayakers who want to escape the hustle-bustle of everyday life and experience peace and tranquility when the crowds are gone.

Waking up at the crack of dawn and loading your kayak on your vehicle is the last thing you want to do when it is cold outside. Granted, kayaking in the winter is not for everyone, but even if you are not much of a cold weather person, why put away your kayak just because winter has arrived? True, winter can bring its own set of challenges, but with the right clothing, you can safely enjoy winter kayaking in Southern California.

Regardless of the season you must obtain the right gear for the conditions you head into. Kayaking in the winter can be dangerous. Always approach winter paddling with sound judgment and above all, be safe. During the winter, one of the major dangers to your health is ‘wind chill’. Wind chill is a measure of heat loss that our body experiences when exposed to the wind. The colder the wind chills, the more dangerous it is.

Our body gives off a layer of heat that protects the skin from cold temperatures. A strong wind can blow this layer away from our skin, taking away our natural defense to the cold. Thus, the wind chill temperature is the temperature that our bodies will feel when our skin is exposed to the cold temperatures and the winds of winter.

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Hypothermia is always a concern when kayaking in the colder water of winter, but with the right clothing, you can diminish the threat of this condition. While air temperatures can reach the high 80s in the winter months, the ocean water temperatures drop into the 50s. Hypothermia can occur when a person is immersed in cold water and their core body temperature cools rapidly. However, wearing proper clothing can protect you from the elements and ensure your comfort and safety.

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