ALWAYS wear a wetsuit when it is legal. You will be faster, warmer and
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Cold Water Boot Camp - NASBLASafeBoating Comments: This is a great video because it explains the body's
reaction to cold water. Just knowing how the human body reacts can
get you through your first cold water swim. See More Comments,
More Comments: In cold water, everybody experiences a panic
reaction initially. That is your natural survival instinct at work.
The initial shock and gasping response does not last very long -
just one minute or less. Getting your breathing under control during
that first minute is the key to swimming successfully in cold water.
You can learn to do that surprisingly quickly, with a few "ins
and outs." It's a matter of training
your brain to understand that the initial shock is not going
to kill you. Real cold water acclimation - the ability to
adapt your body systems to swim in colder water for an extended
period of time - is another matter. That takes time. But unless
you are training for a non-wetsuit-legal event, real cold water
acclimation is of little use.