CHILL WITH A MISTING SYSTEM
This might seem a bit over the top, but there are inexpensive systems you can buy to hook up to your shower hose or a tap. Considering that boats are set up to get wet, why not enjoy a bit of mist as you chill out on a hot day?
OR CHILL WITH A PERSONAL SPRITZER
For really hot days, a spritz bottle is a great way to cool off. The best kind are those favored by gardeners, as they spray a thin mist of water instead of a downpour. If you really want to chill out, a mist bottle/fan combo is the way to go.
IF YOU GO TOO FAR
Hyperthermia, when the body’s temperature rises above the normal level of 98.6 degrees, can pose life threatening risks. Hyperthermia most commonly affects people over 50 and/or those taking diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers and some heart and blood pressure medications. If you or anyone in your crew meets those conditions, take the proper precautions.
What to look for: Sudden dizziness and faintness
What to do: Rest in a cool place, drink water and prop the legs up in a prone position.
What to look for: Heavy sweating and muscle pain or spasms during intense work like at the dock
What to do: Take a shade break or go inside.
What to look for: High body temperature, strong pulse, headache, nausea, dizziness and confusion
What to do: Call 911 right away and move the victim to a cooler place. Cool cloths can be applied, but do not give the person anything to drink.
What to look for: Heavy sweating, cold and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, headache or passing out.
What to do: Move to a cool place, loosen clothes and put cool, wet clothes on the body. Sipping water is okay.