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Vacationers Braving Low Water Temperatures

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The weekend may be wrapping up, but there are still plenty of boats, paddle boards, and jetskis being rented out at Blackwater Paddle and Pedal Adventures at the Hyatt in Cambridge.  Owner Susan Meredith says the long winter has been good for business.

"The best thing about the hard winter is that we've had the busiest spring ever in the history of blackwater paddle and pedal adventures because people want to get outdoors" said Meredith.

While today's temperature in the Choptank is 71 degrees, the ocean side of the peninsula is a bit chillier, around 61 degrees.  Still, Meredith says many are jumping right in, eager to get on the water.

"Just like when you're a little kid and you're trying to get in the pool and trying to inch yourself, you just jump in.  It always seems cold, even if it's 100 degrees in the middle of the summer, it seems cold."

Another group taking advantage of the warm weather, despite the low water temperature, are the crew and passengers aboard the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester.  Lou Hyman, a mate aboard the Nathan, says it has been a cold start to their 20th season

"The water has been on the cool side, the breeze has been nice.  We've had some really good sailing so we are enjoying ourselves.  But when it splashes and you get wet, it's a little cold" said Hyman.

But that hasn't stopped the crew of the Nathan from sailing several times over the holiday weekend. 

And still, while many are enjoying the kickoff to the summer season, some should still be careful of the temperature when out on the water.  According to the website boatsafe.com, even water temperatures in the sixties to seventies can be dangerous for some.  The risk of hypothermia is a concern, especially the older you are, and even how much you've had to drink can be a factor.  They recommend limiting your time in the water, and wearing something like a wetsuit while the water temps begin to climb over the next few weeks.

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