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