Oh, let the sun shine…

Dear Crabbers

Remember to protect yourself from the sun even when it is not as hot as it is today!

Interesting facts:

  • More that 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually in UK (extensive exposure to sun is thought to be responsible for the vast majority)
  • Water increases the suns radiation by up to 5%

Apply sunscreen, a thick enough layer – too thinly and protection is reduced.

Follow the manufacturers instructions regarding frequency – more is better.

Apply to any exposed skin, especially face, ears and neck.

Use a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against UVB.  Make sure that it is not past its user date (usual shelf life 2-3 years)

Other than sunscreen you can protect yourself using:

  • Sunglasses
  • Suitable clothing, layers that can be removed as you warm up.
  • Wide brimmed hats provide shade!
  • Don’t dehydrate and remember to take rehydration fluids

Please see the attached British Rowing advice on Sunburn, Heatstroke and Exhaustion.

Happy rowing,  Alan Collett – (CRAB Safety Officer)


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