Feet Up On Boat Railing

3 EASY-TO-REMEMBER TIPS ON SKIN PROTECTION FROM THE SUN WHILE BOATING

Boating paves the way for a lot of water fun such as swimming, fishing and a huge range of on-water activities. Unfortunately, all of these activities entail prolonged exposure to the sun. Aside from the sun’s harmful rays, extra sunlight reflecting off the water is a real issue when out on the water.

If you don’t have adequate sun protection, you could get seriously ill. Here are three crucial safety tips on skin protection from the sun while you’re out boating.

SLATHER ON SUNSCREEN

Everyone who will be exposed to the sun should slather on sunscreen. Also, make sure that your sunscreen has at least an SPF of 15. You should also choose one that is broad-spectrum so that you’re protected from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun.

Put your sunscreen on at least 15 minutes before getting out on the water to ensure that the sunscreen has been absorbed by your skin and won’t be washed away by water. To provide longer-lasting protection, look for waterproof and sweatproof options. Generally speaking, it’s best to make sure you reapply every two hours – check the details on the label.

Given what we know now about sun exposure, you would have to be an idiot not to be using the stuff. If you have sensitive skin or are concerned about clogged pores, find a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic and non-greasy. If you’re worried about chemicals that aren’t environmentally friendly, there are also eco-friendly biodegradable sunscreens available on the market. Also, don’t forget to apply lip balm with SPF to protect your lips.

WEAR PROPER SUNWEAR

As for your boating apparel, choose clothes made from UV-resistant fabrics. Though it may be a bit uncomfortable to wear long-sleeved tops, it’s better to cover as much skin as possible. Proper long sleeve fishing shirts are designed to act as a wick in hot weather and draw sweat away from your skin. They are designed for Australia’s harsh conditions and will keep you cool and protected from the sun, heat and humidity.

Hats and caps are another a must-have when boating. They protect your scalp which can also be sunburnt, not to mention you risk being whacked with sunstroke, and that is no laughing matter.

Wide-brimmed and floppy hats are good choices as they protect your head, face, neck and shoulders. Choose hats that come with straps, so they don’t fall off or get blown away by the wind.

Wearing polarised sunglasses will help protect your eyes as well as giving you better vision even into the water.

And finally, get yourself a fishing scarf. These items are also designed to keep you cool and protected from the sun. You can wrap one around your neck and keep it held down with your cap while tucking it inside the neck of your shirt.

SEEK IN THE SHADE

Seek shelter from the sun by going under an umbrella or a Bimini top whenever you’re taking a break. It’s only smart to schedule your activities early in the morning or later in the afternoon, which is when the fish are biting anyway. The middle of the day is the most dangerous time as the sun is at its strongest even when it is overcast.

We all know about the dangers presented by the sun in Australia but I still see people out boating and fishing without protection all the time. Sunburn is the least of your worries. Sunstroke is serious. I know, I was stupid enough once to find out. That is another story and was a trip to the hospital.


 

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.