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How to Prevent Sun Damage and Illness While Boating

Spending time out on the open water typically means spending time in direct sunlight. While your Rogue Jet Boat may have some cover, it’s essential to know how to protect yourself from sun exposure if you plan on spending a day on the water. We want our customers and all boaters to be safe when they enjoy time on the water, so review the following sun safety tips to prevent illness and injury.

  1. Wear High SPF Sunblock

Sunblock is crucial to prevent sunburn and lower your risk of developing skin cancer from overexposure to sunlight in the future. Make sure you wear sunblock with at least 15 SPF, as this is the minimum SPF to actually protect yourself from sun damage. However, higher is better if you plan to spend the day on the water. Reapply often, especially after getting in the water.

  1. Choose Protective Clothing

You want to be comfortable on the water, but you also want to wear clothing that will protect you from sun damage. Choose brighter colors that will not absorb heat like darker colors. If you’re going to spend the day fishing, a wide-brimmed hat that covers your face can help you prevent sunburn and keep you cool in direct sunlight.

  1. Remember the Water’s Reflective Qualities

It’s a common misconception that when you spend time on the water, the sun damage only comes from above. The water’s surface will reflect sunlight upward, so make sure to apply sunscreen to all your exposed skin.

  1. Stay Hydrated

One of the most common causes of sun-related illness and injury is dehydration. Before you cast off, make sure you take plenty of bottled water for you and your boating party. Take enough to last the day, and then pack some extra just in case of emergency.

These basic safety tips are essential for any day spent fishing, enjoying water sports, or simply relaxing on your boat on the open water. Sunstroke, sunburn, and skin cancer are serious conditions that can lead to long-term complications, so take care to protect yourself any time you head out on the water. Contact Rogue Jet Boatworks to learn more about the safety features and covering options of our watercraft.