We hate to be bummers, but we have to say it: the sun? Kind of overrated. Don’t get us wrong, we love getting a nice tan and defrosting after colder winter months. However, what you don’t hear about far often enough is just how tough the sun can be on all of us who enjoy spending their days in the great outdoors. If you’ll be spending the last weeks of summer boating and basking in the sun, you need to be protected.
Best Methods of Sun Protection When Boating
- Use Sunscreen, and Often: This one is a no-brainer but worth remembering. Sunscreen isn’t the only line of defense against the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays, but it’s an incredibly important one. We recommend using an SPF 50 or higher and reapplying regularly to not only avoid a nasty burn, but also protect your skin from long-term damage and cancer risks. Even some clothing isn’t enough to fully block UV rays, so we recommend getting as much coverage as possible before hitting the water.
- Keep an Eye Out for Sunglasses: Since putting sunscreen on your eyes is a bad idea, your first line of optical protection is a good pair of shades. Sunglasses, especially those with polarized lenses, can both protect your eyes and give you added visibility–an important element of safe boating.
- UPF-Rated Clothing: Though certain fabrics can block out UV rays better than others, clothing that is rated for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) is designed for sun protection. Many sportswear companies provide long-sleeve, breathable shirts, neck gaiters, hats and more for those trying to take extra steps to keep from baking while on their boat.
In combination with the above three tips, staying in the shade of a canopy and enjoying a bit of time below deck can help keep you from getting extra crispy on your next boating trip. Don’t get us wrong, fun in the sun can be a great time. However, you can’t underestimate those destructive UV rays and the less-than-fun results of spending an hour or two too long in them. Stay safe, enjoy the last hurrah of summer and do what you can to stay golden instead of well-done.