You've just taken a sea kayak class and are all pumped up about learning more? Hopefully the videos below will help you out. These are some of the best instructional videos I've come across on Youtube.
Some amazing footage of a hypothermia expert demonstrating in ice cold water what to do should you fall through the ice.
1. The first minute you will gasp so try and keep your head above the water (a PFD will help with this). After the first minute the gasping reflex dissipates.
2. Try getting out where you fell in since the ice supported you up until you fell in. Kick your legs up behind you (just like in a T-rescue) and then try and pull yourself out.
3. If you can not get out, try and preserve heat by not thrashing around and keeping as much of your body out of the water as possible. Keeping your arms still on the ice. He states that people have actually been saved after their arms or beards froze to the ice before they became unconscious and were saved after finally going unconscious.
Off-season Boating, Cold Shock and Hypothermia Brochure and website describing the dangers of hypothermia and how to prevent it. If you are at all questioning learning more, here is a shocking quote from the website which will likely change your mind:
"On March 6th, 1968, nine elite marines, trained as water survival instructors at the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Academy, capsized while paddling a war canoe across the Potomac River. They wore sweat suits. They had seat cushions but no life jackets. The water temperature was 36 degrees F. None of these men were able to swim the 100 yards to shore. This is the bluntest of messages for all of us."
Cold Water Safety - for kayakers Atlantic Kayak Tours discusses the effects of cold water on a kayaker. The two main problems are drowning due to initial shock in cold water and the better known hypothermia. Some lesser known problems such as difficulty re-attaching a skirt due to numb fingers is also disccussed. A must read for kayakers! http://www.atlantickayaktours.com/Pages/ExpertCenter/Coldwater/Coldwater-1.shtml#
Waiting to Inhale: Breath-Holding Drills for Kayakers Sea Kayaker magazine article discussing techniques to help you relax and hold your breath longer with the goal of attempting a second or third roll should your first attempt(s) fail. http://www.seakayakermag.com/2003/03Oct/breath1.htm
Paddle Float Rescue Nigel Foster discusses the story of a sea kayaker that had to leave his kayak at sea after failing a self-rescue with a paddle float in rough conditions. He goes on to discuss the practicalities of using a float, preparing it for use, and techniques that can be used in rough conditions. He also notes that competent paddlers in calm water took about 2 minutes to complete a paddle float rescue whereas a re-entry and roll took only 15 seconds! http://www.seakayakermag.com/1997/feb97/foster1.htm