Four Sun Safety Facts While Kayaking
Kayak Safety Includes Sun Safety
People have been asking us when they hire kayaks from us, “What should you take with you when you go kayaking?”
So due to popular demand we felt obliged to write a list on what you need to take with you to kayak safely. Well, what would happen if you went kayaking, you got yourself into a situation then didn’t know how or you couldn’t fix the particular situation you found yourself in?
Perhaps you’re in a double kayak and you’re with your partner or a friend. Maybe the two of you are in two single kayaks. But what if you’re on your own? What would you do?
Well, we’ve had a bit of a think about it and what we’ve done is come up with Four Facts you should be mindful of and be thinking about concerning kayaking safety.
These are the very basics to consider when you go paddling and we’ve decided to call them our:
Fact # 1 Hats
As a lot of us have been living in the land down under for most of our lives we have grown up being made aware of how to live or spend time in the sun. Most of us know about the debate over the years on the ozone layer, the green house effect and the list of the many environmental issues we have in this country goes on…and on…and on…
But the seriously sun smart thing to do is to wear a hat no matter what time of year it is and no matter what skin type any of us may have. So first off, slap on a hat…
Fact # 2 Essential fluids
Aka…Water! Essentially, we are made of mostly fluids, believe it or not. In fact, depending on your age, and sex, the human body comprises of anywhere from 45% fluid to 73% fluid. But the important point to note here is you must drink water to stay hydrated.
That way we can stay out in the sun and on the water to enjoy watching the marine life, the sea birds or just admiring the landscape views. It’s a good idea to take a 300ml or 600ml bottle of water with you. Depending on the length of time you plan on being out.
Imagine this…You are out on the water in your kayak, you’re really thirsty and you’ve paddled for about two hours away from the nearest shore. Assuming of course you can get fluids when you arrive back on shore. Just think, so much water around you and you can’t drink a drop of it!
Sorry I’ve digressed…Now where was I…Oh yes…
Fact # 3 Layers
Remember when you are out on the water, weather conditions can change quickly, so you need to do what the girl guides and the boy scouts teach you, that is if you were a girl guide or boy scout. Anyway…Their motto was, and no doubt still is, to be prepared.
Then, no matter if the sun suddenly hides behind the clouds or the gentle breeze you started out in picks up. You can either slip on a layer of clothing, or pull it off. Oh, and one other thing, if you’re a woman, you might do well to remember to wear, shorts, long pants and a top rather than one piece.
Well let’s just say nature might call. After all you’re out on lots of water and well; you get the drift (no pun intended). But just between you and me you might think about using the local conveniences before you get out on the water.
Fact # 4 Protect yourself
Do you remember that song? It was really catchy but you do need to protect yourself and think about sun protection. So next time you’re in the supermarket, near a pharmacy or a convenience store why not pick up a good sunscreen? There are lots of really effective sunscreens and different brands you can use now.
But if we may suggest, why not chose one offering:
- 30+ protection
- One designed to stay on if you’re wet
- But most importantly, don’t forget to apply it 2 hourly
- So…Slop on sunscreen…
Well, that’s about it and to make it really easy we’ve put together a checklist for you to make it really easy to download, print out and use it as your simple shopping list if you like:
So you see, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Why not HELP yourself with the simple Refreshment Resource of a Hat, Essential Fluids, Layers and Protection so you can have a fantastic time out on the water. These are our sun safety facts while kayaking. There’s so much to see and so much to enjoy.
And as we’ve all been saying in Australia for so many years now, ava great weekend. And don’t forget to slip, slop slap…Or the Aeroguard for that matter!
But more appropriately take it easy and ava jolly good kayaking time!