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How To Stay Warm Boating and Skiing on a Cold Day


Here's how keep your body warm while waterskiing or wakeboarding on a cold day to avoid frostbite or hypothermia.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Dress appropriately and bundle up.

  2. Use wetsuits or dry suits, ski gloves, booties, and hoods.

  3. Install a hot water shower on board the boat.

  4. Keep a cooler of hot/warm water on board. Soak your gloves, etc. in the water prior to your turn behind the boat.

  5. Use body heat and huddle up.

  6. Avoid consumption of alcohol.

  7. Have lots of towels and blankets on board and wrap up in them.

  8. Bring clothing to change in to after you are done in the water.

  9. While riding in the boat sit somewhere you are shielded from the wind.

  10. If no heat source is available on board, with the engine off, pull the motor cover off and absorb any generated heat while it lasts.


  1. Use the 100 degree F rule. If the sum of the water temperature and air temperature is below 100 degrees F, you should not be in the water.
  2. Wearing a dry suit can cause you to tire quicker than normal. You are more restricted with your movements because of the bulk, therefore, it takes extra effort to maneuver.
  3. Don't be dumb and ski numb.

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