Paddling Tip: Heat, It's Serious Stuff

Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your outing to avoid
extreme heat.  This last week in June (2017) here in Crystal river, the  feels like temperatures have been
well over 100
degrees. Yesterday it was 112 degrees.  These can be dangerous levels.  Be aware, paddle smart.

Pay attention to warning signs

During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your
condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms may include:

Muscle cramps
Nausea or vomiting
Excessive sweating
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Low blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Visual problems
If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising
immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition.

How to avoid heat-related illnesses

When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:

Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be
for the duration of your planned outdoor activity. To alert of hazardous heat conditions, the following flags are flown to
indicate readings and control physical activity:

Green Flag – WBGT Index Temperatures range from 80-84.9 – Unrestricted physical activity may be carried out.

Yellow Flag – WBGT Index Temperatures range from 85-87.9 – Physical activity should be limited to those people who
have been exercising in similar heat for a minimum of 10 days or more.

Red Flag –  WBGT Index Temperatures range from 88-89.9 – Physical activity is advised only for members who have been
working out in similar heat conditions for a period of 12 weeks for more.

Black Flag – WBGT Index Temperatures range 90 and above – Vigorous outdoor exercise, regardless of conditioning or
heat acclimatization, is not advisable

Know your fitness level. If you're unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may
have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well-
hydrated with water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink fluids.

If you plan to exercise intensely, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride
and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.

Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors,
which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.

Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady
areas, or do a water workout in a pool.

Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If
you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.

Heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. By taking some basic precautions, your exercise routine doesn't have to be
sidelined when the heat is on.

Here's some detailed info from the Mayo Clinic

The Environment: Water Quality

Summer months are when we typically start to see more algae blooms.  Warmer temperatures and more sunlight combine
with excess nutrients to trigger rapid and copious increases in micro algae.  When this happens water can turn greenish (or
reddish or brownish depending on the specific algae). A
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAG) is the rapid and uncontrolled growth of
algae in either freshwater or marine environments. Because some algae produce toxins, they can be harmful to humans,
mammals, birds and fish when the toxins are ingested. As blooms grow, they deplete the oxygen in the water and block
sunlight from reaching fish and plants.

Blooms can last from a few days to many months. After the bloom dies, the microbes which decompose the dead algae use
up even more of the oxygen, which can create fish die-offs. When these zones of depleted oxygen cover a large area for
an extended period of time, they are referred to as dead zones, where neither fish nor plants are able to survive.  Excess
nutrients are though to be the cause.

Lawn Care is responsible for a large portion of those excess nutrients. There are currently five million acres of lawns in the
state. Most people are watering more during the rainy season. Those who have an irrigation system often overwater.
Fertilizers and insecticides used in lawn care often run off into our water systems, causing damage not only to the water
quality, but to all flora and fauna along the water system.  See King's Bay.

Citrus County has some good information on the
County website.  


Other than a fresh look for the website, it's a slow news cycle from the retail side of things.

Surf Expo and ICast are both happening soon and new products and pricing will follow shortly.

Until then get $100 dollars off a pair of Eddyline Sky10's while they last or pick up an ATX White Tiger SUP
and paddle for $750.

July/August 2017 1st Edition
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