Summer solstice is here and
so is the heat and with summer boating
season is in full swing. It’s the time of year for water sports, fishing off boat docks or catamarans, and just simply enjoying
that summer sun. But it’s also the time of year when it can get dangerously
hot. It can be difficult to know just how to stay cool when working outside in
the heat for hours at a time. That’s why taking the proper summer heat safety
precautions is a must. Follow these summer heat safety tips, and you’ll be cool
and comfortable all day long.
One of the most basic (and one of the most forgotten) ways to
keep your body cool on hot days is by keeping yourself hydrated. When your body
is hot, it perspires as a way to regulate your body temperature. So, you need
to frequently replenish liquids in order to remain hydrated on extra hot days.
Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you need to drink plenty of water in order to
keep your body cool. If you don’t drink enough fluids, you may run the risk of
getting sick with sun or heatstroke.
Make sure to bring extra water if you’re going fishing on a
particularly hot day. You should be drinking at least one quart of water every
hour. We know a cold beer sounds nice, but alcoholic and caffeinated drinks
should be avoided. They can ultimately worsen effects from the heat.
Avoid The Hottest
Times Of The Day
Try to get the majority of your fishing done
during the coolest parts of the day (4 a.m. to 7 a.m.) If you can, avoid going
out during the hottest points of the day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but if this can’t
be avoided, make sure to drink plenty of water.
Protect Your Eyes
With intense UV rays from the sun while out on
the water, it’s important to protect your eyes. Opt for polarized lenses that
can help to cut down on the sun’s glare on the water.
Being out on a boat all day under the hot sun
can be extremely dangerous. With no precautions in place, it can lead to
sunburns, skin damage and, in some cases, skin cancer. You need to use
sunscreen on a regular basis if you want to protect your skin from harmful UV
rays; it’s one of the most important hot weather tips we can share with you.
And don’t be fooled by cloudy conditions, you’re still at risk even when the
sun isn’t out.
Adults should be using a minimum of SPF 15 and
children should be using at least 30. When boating or fishing, you should be
using a sport sunscreen that’s both waterproof and sweat proof. Apply sunscreen
20 minutes before going in the sun and make sure to re-apply multiple times
throughout the day.
Did you know that many fishing gear companies
make clothing engineered to not only wick away sweat, but also offer 35 to 50
SPF protection from UV rays? While this is a fantastic option, don’t feel that
you have to shell out for an all-new outfit to go fishing. Here are some tips
you can likely follow with what's already in your closet.
- Opt for light, loose-fitting,
breathable fabrics in light colors.
- Don’t count out long-sleeve
tops or long pants. By keeping these on hand, you can give your arms and
legs a break from the sun while staying cool.
- Don’t wear shoes or socks
(they’re known to trap heat). Instead, wear a pair of sandals or open-toed
- Wear a hat, even if it’s a
simple baseball hat, in order to keep the sun off your face, neck, ears
and shoulders. The wider the brim, the better!
Use The Buddy System
On hot days, it can be a literal lifesaver to
utilize the age-old buddy system. Don’t go out fishing alone; bring a fishing
buddy, relative or friend along so you can watch out for each other in case
someone gets sunstroke.
Bring A Mister
While you’re out the lake or ocean, portable misters
are just the thing to cool you down and keep the summer heat at bay. Fill it up
with ice cold water and ice cubes in the beginning of the day and you’ll be set
for the rest of your boating day trip.
If it’s extremely hot out, sometimes it’s best
to just stay out of the sun if you can help it. If your boat has a cabin or
shaded area, take breaks whenever you can. If your boat doesn’t have any shade,
consider dividing up your fishing outing with a mid-day break and going back to
shore for lunch or a nice nap.
Take A Dip
A great way to cool off when the sun gets to
be too much is by simply jumping in the water. It’s all around you, why not
take advantage of it? By taking frequent dips, you’ll stay cool all day long.