This is a good position to get into when you are in cold water on your own as it helps to maintain core temperature.
- Cross arms.
- Cross ankles.
- Extend knees wide for balance.
Huddles are an effective method for keeping a group together and warm in the water. Those who are coldest can be placed in the middle of the huddle to maintain core body temperature.
- Smallest or most vulnerable person in the middle, everyone else around them like petals.
- Reach around the waist, not shoulders, of the person next to you. Grip on to neighbours’ lifejacket strap.
- Intertwine legs.
- Ensure there is minimal water exposure in the middle of the huddle to minimise the effect of the cold water.
Teaching Tips and Class Management
- Survival chain to the boat.
- Hold onto the rope around the boat.
- Dive under to use the air pocket created by the boat to take cover from the weather and keep your group together.