Cold Water Boating
- Do make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Even experienced swimmers will experience shock within one minute in the frigid water and lose muscle control within 10 minutes.
- Do file a float plan with someone you trust that includes details about the trip, boat, persons, towing or trailer vehicle, communication equipment, and emergency contacts.
- Do use your navigation lights to alert other boaters to your presence in dark and/or foggy conditions. Recreational boats operating at night are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise.
- Do catch your breath. A sudden unexpected fall into cold water causes an involuntary gasp (or torso) reflex. It takes less than ½ cup of water in your lungs to drown. If you remain calm, you have a greater chance of self-rescue.
- Don’t panic if you fall into the water. Stay afloat with the help of your life jacket, regain control of your breathing, and keep your head above water in vision of rescuers.
- Don’t keep on heavy boots if you’re in the water. Look for ways to increase your buoyancy. If you’re in the water with others, huddle together with everyone facing inwards to help everyone stay afloat and keep warm.
- Don’t apply heat to extremities like arms and legs of a rescued victim. This sudden change in temperature could cause cardiac arrest.
Cold Water Kills
Personnel from GRDA Shoreline Management and Police Departments recently focused combined resources with the City of Grove Public Works to work in the area of 13th & Broadway in Grove to clean up a dumpsite on the Elm Branch of Honey Creek on Grand Lake. The area near the lake on GRDA lands was covered with trash and debris over an area about an acre in size. Officials removed four tons of refuse from the land designated as flowage easement on Grand Lake. Although the ground is dry now, there is no doubt the trash would eventually end up on the shores of the lake when water levels increase. Once again GRDA proves we are committed to keeping our water and shores in pristine condition!
Gearing Up for the 2018 Season
Did You Know?
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all children under age 13 wear a personal flotation device while on a recreational vessel. Forty-eight states (including Oklahoma), as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have some form of legislation that requires children to wear PFDs.
Water Safety Programs Continued for 2018
- Water safety tips
- Hazards in the water
- Water conditions to avoid
- Proper fitting and use of life jackets
- What to do in case of drowning
Boating Tips From the GLSPS
GRDA is partnering with area businesses
By the Book
Do you have a Special Event Planned?
PLEASE let us know about your lake or river events so we can provide the resources you may need to make it a positive experience!
2018 Fishing Tournaments