A new National Center for Cold Water Safety
Back in the spring of 1991 we published “Cold Shock” by Mouton Avery. The article was widely recognized as an important addition to the literature on sea-kayaking safety. More recently, in the December 2012 issue, Moulton provided the Lessons Learned section for the safety article “Dockside Capsize,” the story of an unexpected immersion in an ice-fringed harbor.
Moulton began spreading the word about cold-water safety in 1974 and has been involved in issues relating to heat and cold related stress since then. During his decade-long tenure as the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Physiology in Washington, DC he worked on public programs to protect the people who were most vulnerable in dangerous extremes of hot and cold weather.
For the past year Moulton has been working to establish National Center for Cold Water Safety. The Center’s mission is to study the effects of cold water and to serve as a clearinghouse for information to make activities safer for the full range of water activities. He recently put out an appeal for contributions to help fund the new Center. You can find more information on the Center and a means of contributing to it at:
The Center will soon have its own web site up and running and its 501 (c) (3) non-profit status in order.