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Old 06-03-2011   #1
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Dress to Swim

So I have a raft and have dry gear for myself. But alot of the times my passengers don't. Any suggestions on the best way to prepare my raft going passengers for a potential swim?

I have been suggesting fleece and a wind breaker. I figure that won't keep you dry but should help your body maintain some core heat.

Any other ideas/suggestions?

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Old 06-03-2011   #2
fort collins, Colorado
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buy some cheap splash gear from an outfitter. they usually sell the really ratty shit at the end of the year. I picked up 6 splash gear sets, helmets and pfd's for $300 a few years back. well worth it because when they are on my boat they are my responsibility.

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Old 06-03-2011   #3
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Bring some extra warm layers too, to replace if/when they swim and everything gets wet, even under splash gear. We usually bring an extra small drybag with extra clothes.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 06-03-2011   #4
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x2 for going to an outfitter and buying their old splash gear. thrift stores can be a great place to find fleece under layers
Oh! I don't take it lightly! I've always got to know
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Old 06-03-2011   #5
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It's fairly easy to rent wetsuits. Just a thought, especially if you run some cold and more dangerous rivers.
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Old 06-04-2011   #6
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Wet or dry suits are very important. We rescued three fishermen who had flipped their raft on the Colorado a few weeks ago. One was wearing a shorty wetsuit under his clothing, and was fine. But the other two were wearing jeans and hiking boots, swam 300+ yards in 42 degree water, and were near death from hypothermia when we reached them.
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Old 06-06-2011   #7
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Make sure they do not wear any cotton. It's like an evaporative cooler. I usually bring extra rain gear and ask that they do the same. The more water they can keep off of ther body and clothes underneath, the better.
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Old 06-06-2011   #8
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I suggest you contact an outfitter and rent wetsuits from them ....I did that yesterday cost my guest $5 each to rent a wetsuit and botties
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Old 06-06-2011   #9
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I was in Wilderness Aware down by BV yesterday and saw that they're selling off Farmer John wetsuits for $20 each. I've picked up good booties for $5/pair or cheaper from outfitters before along with splash gear, helmets, and the works.

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Old 06-06-2011   #10
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If you are providing the raft and likely the trailer and vehicle the least courtesy they can do to you is rent wetsuits. I can't (don't want to) afford pfd + clothing for everyone I take. usually $5-10 per day to rent, well worth it

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