Video: Cold-Water Paddling Gear & Advice

Balmy days in spring, fall and even winter often fuel the urge to get on the water in kayaks, canoes and paddleboards, but you’ve got to play it safe, especially when the water is below 60 degrees. Keep in mind that much of Maine’s coastal waters remain below that mark through the summer!

If you accidentally end up in water that cold, you have very little time to get to shore or summon help before you start to become hypothermic, so you need to be dressed right, carry the proper safety equipment and have a plan for staying—and getting—out of trouble.

Watch a video of paddling gear and tips designed to keep you safer and more comfortable on a cold-water or cold-weather trip: