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What to Wear for Watersports

To ensure that you enjoy your activity to the maximum
we recommend you wear the following:

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Caps & Sunglasses

Eyes can be permanently damaged by too much exposure to UV light. Good quality (100% UV protection) sunglasses are essential when you are out on the water.

Caps are also very useful, they reduce glare on your eyes and if you have fine hair they also protect your scalp from overheating and burning.

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Foot Protection

It is essential that windsurfers wear suitable footwear to provide grip on the board and protection to feet in the water against stones, unmarked moorings etc.

It is highly recommended that sailors and kayakers also wear flexible grippy footwear. Amphibious sandals or crocks are suitable for kayaking but not sailing or windsurfing.

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Don't Panic

If you don't have the right clothing with you don't panic! 
We sell aqua shoes, caps and shirts.
Shoes: adults 12€, kids 10€
You can rent shoes for 5€

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Swimming Costume

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Shorts & Shirt
Shoulders covered

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Bring Water

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Bring a Fleece
spring and autumn

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We provide buoyancy aids, spray tops and wetsuits

Applying Sunscreen - 8 Essential Facts

We have been living in Spain for nearly 11 years now and work all day in the sun. Since we are working on the water we have to cope with reflection off the water as well as direct sunlight, these are the things we have learned.

1. Sunscreen should be applied to clean skin at least 1/2 an hour before exposure to the sun.

Don't wait until you get to the beach or arrive for your activity to apply your sunscreen. It needs to soak into your skin to work. If you are already sweaty and sandy you won't be able to apply it properly.

The best time to apply sunscreen is as soon as you get up in the morning, before you get dressed. Have your breakfast in your swimming costume while the cream soaks into your skin (leave it about 30 mins) and then get dressed. If you get dressed too quickly after applying the cream it will end up on your clothes not on your skin.

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2. You do not need to apply sunscreen multiple times per day.... really this is true.

If you apply your sunscreen as indicated above and you use a high factor you should only need to apply it once per day. Julian has very fair skin and freckles - he is in and out of the water and in the sun for 7 hours per day, he only needs to apply sunscreen once. We do top up on lips and noses as these are particularly vulnerable, we also keep shoulders covered when out on the water or in the sun for long periods of time. We do not however, sunbathe for hours in strong sunshine as many people do when they are on holiday.  Like the locals, when we get the opportunity we sit in the shade!

If you go swimming just dry off in the sun, don't towel dry or you will rub off your sunscreen.

If you have children who are playing in the water and rolling around in the sand they will rub off their sunscreen, however, reapplying it to wet sandy skin simply won't work. You are better off putting them in protective clothing which has sun protection built into it

3. Applying factor 8 three times per day, is not the same as applying factor 25 once per day

If you are on holiday for a week or two you should do everything you can do NOT to get burned rather than do everything you can to achieve a tan!  

The following levels of sunscreen should be used:

  • Fair Skin - Factor 30 & Factor 50 ( seenote 7below)
  • Average Skin - Factor 30
  • Olive Skin which tans easily - Factor 20
  • You should use sun block on lips.
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4. Buy a special sun cream for your face

If you use normal sun cream on your face when you sweat (perspire or glow...depending on your preference!!) the sun cream and sweat will run into your eyes; this will sting and your eyes will water. The only way to stop it is to wash your face and you will also wash off your sun cream.

Buy a special facial sun cream or a once a day cream like Piz Buin 1 Day Long; these will soak into your skin and not run into your eyes.

5. The longer you take to get your tan the longer you will keep your tan

We live out here and always have a tan, even in the winter. The tan is deep down and therefore even in March I will still have a tan on my back which won't have been exposed to the sun for four months.

Get a tan in a week - it will be gone in a week. Use fake tan when you get home if you want to impress your friends

6. Creams last longer than oils and spays

Sun tan cream soaks into your skin and provides protection over a long period. Oils tend to sit on the surface and therefore rub off more easily. Sprays are thinner than creams and therefore don't tend to provide such a long lasting barrier against the sun.

7. Factor 50 rubs off easily

High factor sun cream provides this level of protection by being very thick and leaving a coating on the surface of the skin. This coating will rub off easily and will therefore need to be reapplied to maintain this high level of protection. We have found that it is better to apply factor 30 all over (this soaks in well and provides long lasting protection). Then apply factor 50 on high exposure areas like noses, bald heads, shoulders, lips etc. If you have very fair skin use light weight clothing to provide extra protection and sit in the shade whenever ever you can.

8. Skin cancer kills

We hope you have a happy and sunburn free holiday!

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All teaching is based on the RYA Syllabus

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