All the actions you are able to do to turn out to be a extra responsible diver, being aware about using sunscreen, whether or not you put together your dive gear on a ship or go enjoyable on the seashore, is one in every of them. Sadly, between the need to guard ourselves from UV rays and pores and skin most cancers, and the urge to guard our oceans from dangerous chemical compounds which may kill coral reefs, it seems to be increasingly more like a difficult mission earlier than every dive journey. So, if you wish to keep away from spending hours studying labels or discovering a reef-safe sunscreen that doesn’t are available a single-use plastic packaging, what are the opposite choices?
1 – Keep away from the warmest hours
Probably the most straight ahead suggestion is to observe the clock. Nevertheless, observe that the hours at which the solar is on the zenith change relying in your location. In Europe, it is suggested to keep away from exposing your pores and skin to the solar between 11 am and four pm. Understanding probably the most thrilling dives I did all over the world have been early morning ones, that’s a great incentive to place the alarm clock a bit earlier!
2 – Keep within the shade
In case you are boat diving, it might be a good suggestion to examine if the dive boat you'll board is provided with a shade so you'll be able to shield your self from direct daylight. Whereas diving from a RIB may imply quicker boat rides, area and gear of a bigger boat could be value the additional time.
three – Reef-safe sunscreen in a tin field
When you already did a little bit of analysis about plastic recycling and biodegradable plastics, you already know already it's removed from being a satisfying answer. That is fairly irritating in case you already went so far as eradicating all of the plastic tubes out of your toilet through the use of strong shampoo to selfmade coconut toothpaste.
Sadly, only a few manufacturers supply metallic or cardboard packaging. I’ve by no means seen any within the outlets, however sadly solely out there on-line. Hopefully, their availability will improve ultimately as individuals realise this can be a nice choice.
four – Do-it-yourself reef-safe sunscreen
On paper, this can be a nice choice to succeed in an answer that's each reef-safe and 0 waste. Sadly, at the moment, it's difficult to seek out the components in bulk, resembling shea butter or zinc oxide, so it gained’t be zero waste in the long run. However, I’d wish to warn truthful pores and skin individuals like me which you can’t actually management the extent of safety with a do-it-yourself sunscreen, so assume twice as a result of I attempted, and it led to a painful sunburn.
5 – Put on UV protected swimwear & a hat
When the solar is already excessive within the sky, the perfect answer stays sporting a UV rashguard. Now you can discover leggings and headband manufactured from the identical UV protected material. Some are licensed as excessive as SPF80, filtering greater than 98% of the UV rays. My favorite advantage of utilizing a UV shirt is to keep away from going via the method of reapplying sunscreen each 2 hours. Don’t you hate it too when sand and sunscreen combine?
Past defending you from the solar, these rashguards can shield you from jellyfish sting, and you can too put on them as a further layer under your wetsuit. By selecting a decent match, it can even make it simpler to get into your wetsuit, and by selecting a unfastened match, will probably be extra snug after getting back from your dive.
Some fashionable diving manufacturers additionally took the chance to design these based mostly on fibres product of recycled plastics discovered within the ocean, a good way to contribute to a cleaner ocean whereas defending your pores and skin!
Florine is a PADI Divemaster and a Dive Journey blogger at World Adventure Divers. She dives in tropical to excessive chilly waters, choosing her locations when each journey diving and cultural discoveries are a part of the journey, and displaying you easy methods to do it with out breaking the financial institution.