Sunday, September 20, 2020

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH
Capt. Pete Rapps
CaptainRapps@gmail.com

When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected.

Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be.

A few tips for keeping yourself protected from the sun while enjoying a family adventure fishing trip are:

Be generous with the sunblock – Sunblock with an SPF count of 35 or higher is the most effective, and you’ll want to be frequent and generous with your application! In order to ward off the sun from above, and from the reflection on the water, a liberal amount of sunscreen should be used at all times, and hourly reapplication is never a bad plan. If you’re sweating, more frequent applications on moist skin areas can help to keep these regions protected.

Wear a hat – It’s tough to sunblock your scalp, so wearing a hat can give you that extra bit of protection you need to keep yourself safe and comfortable. A hat with a brim or bill can even help to keep the sun from your face, providing you with an extra layer of protection for one of the most sensitive areas of your body. I personally

Make it a fun ritual for kids to put on sunscreen and protect their skin.

Make it a fun ritual for kids to put on sunscreen and protect their skin.

wear all Columbia brand hats, shirts, and pants while out in the sun. They offer a fantastic line of SPF rated clothing.

Bring along sunglasses – Sunglasses with UVA and UVB ray protection can keep your eyes protected from sun damage, and they’re always recommended on fishing trips. Because you’ll be on a boat, you may also want to consider a sunglass holder or clip to keep them from falling into the water, and you may even find that the sunglasses help you to see the fish in the water better as well!

Unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to sun damage, painful and blistering sunburns, and even skin cancer, so keeping yourself and your children protected from the sun’s rays is a necessity if you wish to have a successful fishing experience. While on the water, the sun can be oppressive, but sun protection is your best weapon in combating the damage and having a great time!

 

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, and Spring time Tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top notch fleet accommodates men, women, & children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our vast knowledge & experience of the area, and easy going demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site for Booking info, Videos, Recipes, Seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com

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