KEEPING YOUR COOL IN THE HEAT
Since we’re experiencing a major heat wave in various parts of the country, I thought it would be a good time to revisit heat stress. In a nutshell, heat stress places a burden on your heart and blood vessels. It consequently diminishes both comfort and athletic performance. Fortunately there’s an easy workaround, and it’s especially easy for paddlers: Evaporation.
Using evaporative cooling to avoid heat stress is a fundamental outdoor skill. We have an entire section on our web site that walks you through the process: https://www.coldwatersafety.org/hot-weather.
If you’re new to this concept, just give it a try. I guarantee that it’s a game-changer. You can use it working around the house, on the trail, or while paddling. Be cool out there, mates!