Summer Time Sun Protection
Summer time is prime time for beach vacations and fishing new locations. But it is also we outdoorsmen face the greatest risk of sun related illness of injury, especially if you visiting a climate much warmer or closer to the Equator than you are accustom to. The danger and discomfort of sunburn, heat exhaustion and long term skin damage can all be lessened by wearing the proper protection while enjoying a day on the water.
Most beach goers recognize the need for sun protection and are quick to don a floppy hat and lather up with sunscreen. However, many anglers forget that being on the water can be even worse. With no natural cover and the sun’s rays intensified by the reflection of the water unprotected anglers might as well be standing in a giant convection oven. Even a short time on the water can ruin your day and lead to life long problems. This is why anglers need to make sure they have adequate protection every time they go out. Luckily, it is not that hard especially if you break it down into some easy to understand steps.
1. WEATHER – the weather obviously plays an important part of deciding what protection you might need. Hotter summer days are more dangerous and can result in quicker damage than cool winter afternoons. But it is important to remember sun damage can occur at any time so you should always have the appropriate level of protection. Most local weather reports now include a section listing the forecasted level of danger.
2. PROTECTIVE GEAR – sun protection now goes far beyond sunscreen. Outdoorsmen, especially anglers, can now select from a wide range of shirts, pants , face shield and even gloves specifically designed to offer maximum protection while still being comfortable in hot climates. The key is to wear loose fitting, light colored clothing with proper ventilations which covers as much of your exposed skin as possible. Sunscreen should then be applied to any visible skin and reapplied every two hours for day long protection.
3. EYES – quality sunglasses are vital when on the water as the reflecting sun can not only damage your eyes but even cause temporary blindness. Be sure to select a style which is close fitting and protects from both UVA & UVB rays. For added on the water comfort combine the necessary protection with polarized lenses which increase visibility both on and under the water.
4. HYDRATION – your body depends on water for survival and even short term exposure to high temperatures can result in dangerous dehydration. Most experts recommend at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, if involved in physical activity in direct sun you may need to increase that even more. Drink regularly, even before you get thirsty and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages until after you get to the club as both have the possibility of intensifying the effects of the sun. If you start to feel dizzy, experience a headache or cramps get out of the sun and drink more water as dehydration has already begun.