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but at least have some understanding
Originally posted by Frankenchrist
This thread got me thinking.
I wonder how many ATS members have passed away?
Originally posted by Wildbob77
I do open water swims pretty often.
The thing that many people don't realize is the body can have a reaction to cold water called the gasp reflex. It creates a tightness in the chest, short breathing and can lead to a negative spiral for your body.
So, if you're going to swim in the open water, get in and put your face in the water. Get used to the water for about 10 minutes before you start swimming. It can save your life.
I've experience this gasp reflex and even though I'm a pretty strong swimmer, it's very scary.