It’s The Summer Solstice
It’s finally here, the first day of Summer! The time where the long sleeves finally find their way to the back of the closet and we prepare for long, hot days. For a boater and fisherman, there’s no better time than the summer. Kids are out of school, vacation days are coming up, and the time we get to spend on the water increases. Remember, though, being the first day of summer also brings extremely high temperatures. That’s why we wanted to give you some tips on beating the heat and staying safe out on the water.
Limit your Alcohol intake while in the heat.
Before your mind goes there, we are definitely not saying that you should cut out all of your alcohol intake during the summer. What kind of fun would those family outings be without a little alcohol? Right? However, you do need to limit your alcohol intake while you are out in the heat.
Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that is causes your body to release its fluid content. So, when you combine even a single alcoholic drink with extreme temperatures, your body is losing more water than it’s taking in, which will lead to severe dehydration. The remedy? Drink plenty of water, or better yet Gatorade, and save the alcohol for when you’re sitting around the fire or camp at night. Remember, just being in the water doesn’t mean your body is getting water.
Wear Light Clothing
Light colored clothing reflects heat while darker colors absorb it. The best color to wear is white, though it’s also the easiest to get dirty. Also, be sure that your clothing is lightweight and moisture wicking. Clothing that holds moisture will lead to chafing.
Get plenty of shade
Sometimes, this can be as easy as having canopy on your boat. Other times, you may have to improvise and set up a large umbrella. If push comes to shove, take frequent breaks on dry land in the shade. Or, if you are on the lake fishing, troll your boat under a shade tree.
Not only will this prevent you from getting a sun burn but will help keep the harmful rays of the sun from affecting you. Also, this will help you stay on top of the symptoms of dehydration. Taking breaks are a great time to check yourself and drink fluids.
Protect your skin
Sun burns can happen to the best of us, regardless of how tanned you are. Always apply sunscreen frequently if you are going to be out in the sun for more than a couple of minutes. Should you get sun burnt, treat it immediately with aloe vera, or another sun burn treatment.
Being out on the water is not only fun but relaxing, especially when no one gets hurt. Don’t ruin your day/summer by neglecting to follow these few basic safety tips. Staying safe will ensure you’ll have many more summers to come.
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