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Be Safe Around Cold Water This Year!

Cold Water Workshop

Jan 11, 2024

The Canadian Safe Boating Council hosts both in person and virtual workshops facilitated by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht (aka Professor Popsicle) of the University of Manitoba and world-renowned expert in hypothermia.

Maybe you’re just interested in finding out a little more about how our bodies react to cold water immersion. You may be a first responder wanting to learn more about how to maximize the survival of potentially hypothermic individuals you’re called upon to rescue, these workshops are for you. These give you a great grounding in the following:

  • Understanding the Myths Around Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia
  • How Our Bodies React to Heat and Cold Stimuli
  • 4 Ways Our Bodies Lose Heat
  • What Happens to Our Bodies When Immersed in Cold Water
  • Immersion vs. Submersion in Cold Water
  • Cold Water Survival and Thermal Protective Clothing
  • How to Get Back in Your Boat Should You Fall Overboard and are Alone
  • Basic First Response… When You’re The Only One Who Can Help!
  • Victim Extraction, Packaging, Triage and Transport to EMS
  • The Decision to Stay or Swim When You’re on Your Own
  • Ice Assisted and Self-Rescue 

Virtual Workshops

Our virtual workshops are held over two evenings totaling 5 hours. The cost to register is $100.
Please note that the course instruction will be in English only. Workshops are 8-10:30 pm ET on the following 2024 dates:

Tuesday, Jan. 16 & Thursday, Jan. 18
Tuesday, Feb. 6 & Thursday, Feb. 8
Tuesday, Mar. 12 & Thursday, Mar. 14

For more information, contact Ian Gilson at igilson@rogers.com.

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