Make sure during the winter season that you protect yourself from hypothermia; and the best way to do that is to avoid it!
If you stop for a moment and think about it… we outdoorsmen are prime candidates for suffering from hypothermia. You need to be sure to take into account the wind chill factor. You need to be sure to wear several layers of clothing while you are out (wool cap, mittens/gloves, thermal wear, insulated boots, etc.). Wearing several layers of clothing helps you to retain your body heat.
Make sure you’ve got plenty of food and hot liquids while you’re out. And take along some chocolate if you’re needing some quick energy boosts.
Also, you need to know what the symptoms of hypothermia are: dizziness… disorientation… drowsiness… slurred/slowed speech. If you notice someone experiencing these symptoms, you need to take action. First, get emergency help on the phone. Next, get them covered up with lots of blankets or something that will get them warm. If possible, get a fire started (it should go to say that you should NOT start a fire in the boat!!). Give them warm food and something warm to drink; but don’t give them alcohol.
So be safe out there. Winter is an awesome time to be in the great outdoors … but be safe at all times while you do!!