Five SunSmart tips for outdoor sports

Posted 1 Nov 2021.

How to be SunSmart this summer

Now that spring has well and truly sprung, you may be trying to make the most of the warmer weather by getting active in the sun.

While physical exercise is great for your health and wellbeing, it's also important to make sure you're protected when the UV Index is 3 or above.

How do you know when you're at risk? The free SunSmart app tells you exactly when the UV level is 3 or above and can send you an alert to remind you when sun protection times start. It also tells you the forecast maximum UV for the day.

To help make sure you're well protected during the warmer months, we've put together five SunSmart tips:

1. Slip on protective clothing

Choose long pants and long sleeve collared shirts. Darker coloured materials are best as they absorb more UV radiation.

2. Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen

Use a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and apply 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply at least every two hours.

3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat

A hat should cover your head, face, neck and ears so swap the cap or visor for a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat.

4. Seek shade

Whilst you're playing sport outdoors, take advantage of shady breaks whenever you can. Hydrate in the shade and find shady spots when off the field. Try to schedule training and games earlier in the morning or later in the day when the UV radiation isn't as intense.

5. Slide on sunglasses

Go for close-fitting, wrap-around styles, and ensure they have an eye protection factor (EPF) of 10.

Key take away: When the UV is 3 or more, make sure to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

Looking for a new challenge this summer? Sign up a team for The Longest Day golf challenge!

You can choose any day from November to December to hold your event.

The money raised this year will help us to continue life-saving cancer research, deliver advocacy and prevention programs, and provide vital support to West Australians impacted by skin cancer.

Please make sure to contact a golf club directly to book your tee times or register to play at one of our host clubs.

If you have any questions about The Longest Day, please get in touch with us at 1300 65 65 85 or

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For more information about sun protection and skin cancer

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