There’s nothing better than spending summer on the water with your family and friends, creating happy memories to last a lifetime. While indulging in good weather and sunshine, it’s also important to be careful. We all know that excess sun exposure can cause painful burns and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Being mindful of this throughout Summer, when UV rays are at an all-time high, will ensure that you protect yourself from any harmful disease or sun-related sickness, such as sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration.
Here are some helpful tips to see you enjoy time on your boat whilst being sun safe – including the good old slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Slip on a shirt
This is an easy sun protection method that doesn’t require constant reapplication. If the sun is out, make sure you have some clothing that will keep you covered when you’re not actually swimming in the water. Specially designed sun protective clothing is even better as it blocks out more UV rays.
And some of the t-shirts in our on-line store have 50+UV Protection, including the perfect rashie that looks just like your regular t-shirt!
Slop on sunscreen
Where the dress code is more minimal, i.e. swimming and water sports, your best defence will be sunscreen. Search for sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection with a high SPF rating. Remember to apply to all exposed skin—including ears and the part in your hair. Reapply every few hours or straight after swimming (even if it’s supposed to be water-resistant!).
Our surf mud sunscreen is Australian made and owned, reef safe and sourced from natural ingredients.
Slap on a hat
In conjunction with appropriate clothing, a broad-brimmed hat can shade your eyes, face and neck. Not to mention, a good hat is extremely fashionable.
The Yamaha Straw Hat has a wide brim and adjustable drawstring to keep your face shaded and stay cool from the summer heat
Where possible, take a break or sit undercover while you’re on the boat. Give your skin a chance to have some time away from the sun’s constant rays as well as the reflection on the water.
Boating accessories, like the Bimini extension and sun shade kit filter sun rays, providing comfortable airflow whilst shading the boat.
Slide on sunnies
You need to look after your eyes! Eyes will also be impacted by both direct sun rays and the glare of the water. Make sure you wear sunnies that block UVA and UVB rays. Polarised lenses are able to cut glare without compromising the intensity of the light reaching your eyes and are a fantastic option for boating enthusiasts. Sunglasses are not just the perfect fashion accessory, they’re practical as well.
The team at Terrace Boating hope that you enjoy the heat and summer fun on the water! Take the boat out and spend time in the sunshine with those you love most but please stay safe while you’re out there and don’t come back looking like a lobster!
If you are planning happy days boating, know that you are protected with our wide range of accessories and apparel here at Terrace Boating.
And for more information on skin cancer prevention, please visit: www.cancercouncil.com.au