Doug Fink, boating coordinator for Palmer Station, shows us what it takes
to keep warm and safe while boating in Antarctica.
Doug is wearing polypropylene tops and bottoms and wool socks.
Doug has fleece on the top and bottom
Doug has heavy boots with felt liners and waterproof bib-overalls.
Doug has glacier goggles, a hat, and a "float coat," which is a combination of coat and life vest because it is buoyant.
Notice it has a buckle in addition to the zipper, to hold you in if you go overboard. It also has a piece called the "beaver tail" that wraps around from the back and buckles in front. When it is unbuckled it looks a little like a beaver's tail, and when it is buckled it looks reminiscent of a diaper.
The float coat also comes with a whistle for calling for help and is colored
blaze orange (and has reflectors on the shoulders) for visibility. He has
a waterproof radio around his neck and is wearing fleece-lined heavy rubber
gloves and a fleece hat.