Amie, if it helps....
Early canoe riding is not all it's cracked up to be. My friends and I did our annual Easter weekend run down the Dunk River and I'm afraid it lived up to it's namesake this year. I had a thick wet suit on under my outerwear but the thing about a wet suit is that it only works after it gets wet. The initial shock of the cold water was.... well..... lets just say that there was both screaming and 'shrinkage.'
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.