Safety Alert – How to stay safe whilst rowing in the sun
It will soon be summer and we are looking forward to enjoying the weather but we should remember to protect ourselves.
Rowers spend a great deal of time outside. The sun can be strong in May but it may not appear so if the air is cold. In a clear sky the sun is as strong at the beginning of May as it will be at the beginning of August. People tend to be less careful about sun exposure when the weather is cold, this is a mistake.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun. If possible, avoid being outside between 11am and 3pm, or when the UV index is very high. If these times cannot be avoided, make use of shade and wear protective clothing, such as light, long sleeved shirts, hats, and sunglasses. If the shirt it is brightly coloured then it will also make you more conspicuous.
Sunscreen can be used to supplement these. Choose one with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above and a minimum 4-star ultraviolet A radiation (UVA) protection. Reapply sunscreen regularly to stay protected, especially if you’re sweating or splashed with water. ‘All-day’ or ‘extended-wear’ sunscreens can be used but if you miss a piece of skin then this part of your skin could be exposed.