Summer Sun Safety
March 10, 2016Summer is our favorite time at Little Harbor Boathouse! The sun, the water, great weather, and of course water sports! We love our visitors, customers and Crew Members so we want everyone to stay safe during these hot summer months. Here is a quick review of how to stay protected in the sun especially on the water.
- Sunscreen! This almost goes without saying - wear a protective sunscreen with SPF over 30+ and apply every two hours. If you are on the water, the reflection is strong and you may not even realize your skin is burning. The sun’s rays are the strongest from 10 am to 3 pm so try to take frequent breaks if you are ou during those hours. A sunrise or sunset tour might be a good alternative.
- Hydrate! - Drinking water is an important part of staying healthy, especially when it’s hot outside. When you’re paddling, rowing, or kayaking you will be sweating and losing water that your body needs to work properly.
- Be Aware of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Signs - Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly. A person with heat exhaustion might feel overheated, tired, and weak.Heat stroke is a more serious heat-related illness and can cause someone to stop sweating; to have red, hot skin; and to have a high temperature. The person might become uncoordinated, confused, or even lose consciousness. It requires emergency medical attention. If you have a headache or feel dizzy or nauseated get out of the sun immediately and seek medical attention.
- Protect those baby blues! Lots of people forget to wear UV protected sunglasses to protect their retinas. Find a great pair of sunglasses and pack them with your water gear!