In water, the human body cools 32 times faster than in air. In fact, water cooler than 70 degrees Fahrenheit seems cold to the
touch. When you are immersed in cold water for even a surprisingly short time, it can hurt or worse, kill you.
If you like to fish during the fall, winter and spring months, there is always the risk of an accidental dip in cold water. The only sure way to beat the odds is to wear a survival suit. For more information on survival suits, personal flotation devices (PFDs) and other emergency equipment, see the Safety & Survival section on the Marine Gear page.