If you plan to take a trip with Waco River Safari, it’s important to know how to protect yourself from the sun. While our tour boats are covered, it is still important to know how to limit your sun exposure to avoid sunburn and other health issues.
Extra Precautions on the Water
Not many people realize that when you spend time in or on the water in direct sunlight you face risks from two sources: the sun beating overhead and the reflection of sunlight off the surface of the water. This means even if you plan to ride a river boat with a roof, you still need sun protection.
Finding the Right SPF
Sun protection factor (SPF) is the measurement used for gauging a sunscreen’s protection factor against ultraviolet rays. Higher SPF generally means better sun protection. Proper sunscreen use can reduce the risk of skin cancer by as much as 50%. Apply sunscreen or sunblock 15 to 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or after swimming and towel drying to ensure consistent protection.
Wear the Right Clothing
Generally, darker clothing provides more protection against sun damage than lighter clothing. Most clothing has a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) similar to SPF: a higher UPF means better protection from the sun. Choose clothing that offers ample coverage and apply sunblock to your exposed areas of skin.
Accessories can also help with sun protection. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can protect your face, neck, and shoulders from sun exposure. High-quality sunglasses are also wise for protecting your eyes. When you purchase sunglasses, remember that a dollar store pair will offer limited protection compared to a higher-quality pair. When it comes to sun protection, a little extra money spent on higher-quality sunglasses is money well spent.
These are just a few ways to protect yourself from sun damage like sunburn, heatstroke, and skin cancer. If you have concerns about sun protection for your Waco River Safari adventure, contact us and let us know how we can help.