Lifeguard Sun Protection Recommendations

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Lifeguards throughout the world work in the sun, sand, and water with little protection from the harmful effects of the sun. 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) from the Sun. In just the USA over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated yearly. Over the past three decades’ skin cancer has been more common than the combined incidences of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. That said, Lifeguards need more protection than most, and at Original Watermen, we offer many options in our lifeguard store to keep your skin safe.

Melanomas can be attributed to exposure to the radiation from the Sun. One in five Americans dies of melanoma cancer every hour. A Lifeguard’s risk for melanoma doubles if they receive more than 5 sunburns. Using a great sunscreen like using SolRX, sold in our lifeguard store reduces your risk of developing skin cancer by 40 – 50%

Sunscreen isn’t always enough protection. Exposure to doses of ultraviolet radiation is carcinogenic to humans. UV rays cannot be felt nor seen. Sunburns are not related to temperature. Lifeguards and Jr. Lifeguards can get sunburned even on cool and cloudy days. That is why we not only make our Lifeguard Rash guards light weight for quick drying, but they also protect you from those harmful rays of the sun. Check out our Lifeguard rash guards that have a UPF of 50 at our Lifeguard store.

sun protection, earn your salt, stay salty, original watermen, Lifeguard gearLife guards can easily spend 15 hours a day in the sun and they depend on swimwear built with state-of-the-art material. They need swimsuits, board shorts and lifeguard rash guards that can hold up to the demands of the trade. Moisture–wicking, chlorine proof and comfort are important, but UV rays can pass through loosely woven material.  Your Lifeguard board shorts or swimsuits need to be made from a tightly woven durable fabric with a UPF of 50+ found at the Watermen Lifeguard Store.


Ultraviolet radiation (UV Rays) can bounce off reflective surfaces such as sand, water and concrete and are not only damaging to your skin but to your eyes. UV rays have been linked to macular degeneration, pterygia and other harmful eye damaging diseases. Sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays can be somewhat prevent sun damage to the eyes. Make sure your sunglasses are tight fitting and are a wrap around style.

Hats also provide both eye protection and face protection from the sun. When the skin on the ear is exposed year after year to the sun, basal cell cancer can develop and spread to the bones. At our Lifeguard store we sell the Tonga hat with its wide brim covers the ears protecting lifeguards from the UV rays. The Tonga hat not only floats but the chin strap and cord lock help keep the hat on in those windy days. We also carry the La Palapa hat at our Lifeguard store. It originated back in the 1960’s by California beach guards.  This hat is a must for those long days exposed to the sun.

Though exposure to the Sun is harmful if you don’t use protection it is the best natural source of vitamin D.

Beach lifeguards and Open Water rescuers need to be aware of the dangerous effects of the sun. So, take a minute to view our selection of protection from UV dangers are found at the Original Watermen Lifeguard store.

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