Cold Water Survival

  • Death due to falls overboard is a primary killer of fishermen in BC.  BC’s waters are COLD!  (Our waters are generally lower than 15° C.)
     

  • Reflexive GASPING FOR AIR is part of the initial Cold Shock Response – if you are under water, guess what you’re breathing in!
     

  • Wearing a PFD helps get YOUR MOUTH well above water – it can take a FEW MINUTES to get your breathing under control.
     

  • The FACTS DON’T LIE: Over 50% of drownings occur due to the Cold Shock response


WorkSafeBC’s regulations for PFDs


Surviving cold water is possible!

Here’s a useful poster with tips for all on board