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Protecting Ourselves from the Sun
It’s important to always practice proper sun safety procedures when spending a fun day in the sun on our EdgeWater Boats! Even when we think we are safe from the suns UV rays, they are always lurking! Did you know that UV rays can reflect off of surfaces such as water and sand? Learn more about UV rays and how to stay protected from them in today’s blog!
UV ray is short for ultraviolet radiation and is just as hazardous on cloudy days as it is when the sun is shining. In North America, the sun is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during daylight savings time, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the remainder of the year.
There are several ways to protect ourselves from the suns UV rays including SPF products and protective clothing.
Always try to pack and/or wear a loose-fitting long-sleeved t shirt and loose-fitting light-weight pants in your carry-on bag for the boat. If you think you’ll be too hot, particularly during the summer months, try and cover up with a short sleeved t-shirt or bathing suit cover-up whenever possible. An interesting tidbit about t-shirts is that their SPF rating is below 15, meaning you will need to wear other forms of sun protection.
Always wear sunglasses when on the boat. Protecting your eyes from UV rays will reduce your risk of cataracts. We recommend purchasing a pair of sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. And don’t forget the hat at home! A hat with a wider brim will protect your face, ears and neck from the sun the best!
Before you head to the dock to hop on the boat, lather your skin in sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. Try to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours for optimal protection! If you wear makeup, we recommend looking for products that contain SPF within them for even more protection. You should also wear a lip balm that includes SPF!
How do you protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays? Tell us on our EdgeWater Boats Facebook page!