Sun Safety in Boating

Sun Safety on Boats

As boaters we spend many hours enjoying our time on the water - on average 5.7 hours per outing!

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn. It can also lead to more serious health problems, including skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, cataracts and other eye damage, and immune system suppression.
More Sun Fact and Risks

Sun safe boating involves an integrated approach to sun protection to avoid overexposure to UV radiation.

Stay Protected from the Sun

Do Not Sunburn

Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.

Avoid Tanning Beds

UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.


Apply Sunscreen

Generously apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 with UVA and UVB protection. Apply about one ounce to cover all exposed skin 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.


Wear Protective Clothing

Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.


Seek Shade

Seek shade when possible and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Use Caution Near Water

Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

UV index

Check UV Index

The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA.

Get Vitamin D Safely

Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun.

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