What is Cold Water?
You should treat any water temperature below 70F with caution.
Interesting Temperature Facts
99.6F (37.5C) Core temperature of your body.
98.6F (37C) Normal body temperature measured with an oral thermometer.
95F (35C) Medical definition of hypothermia.
91F (32.7C) Your skin temperature.
85F (29.4C) Water feels pleasantly cool.
77-82F (25-28C) Pool temperature range for Olympic swimming competition.
70F (21C) Water feels quite cold to most people. We recommend wearing thermal protection below this level.
50-60F (10-15.5C) Maximum Intensity cold shock range.
40F (4.4C) Water is painfully cold.
There's a huge difference between the way cold air and cold water feel. For example, 45F (7C) air feels cold, but 45F (7C) water feels like it's burning your skin. Water has much greater density than air, it immediately destroys most of the insulation provided by your clothing, and it also conducts heat away from your body much faster than air.
Now that you have a pretty good idea what cold water is, it's time to learn more about things like cold shock, swimming failure, sudden drowning, incapacitation, gradual drowning, and hypothermia.