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Old November 13th, 2003, 11:07 PM
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Default Sunblock when snorkeling

Ran across some information about ecologically safe sunblock being required while snorkeling in some places. What kind would this be, where can get, and does it work. Have already had one spot of skin cancer and do want to be able to use sunblock.


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Old November 14th, 2003, 01:21 PM
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Default Re: Sunblock when snorkeling

Most places that have this requirement also sell the ecologically safe stuff. Also wearig a t-shirt to protect your back is a good idea.
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Old November 14th, 2003, 02:55 PM
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I agree with the t-shirt. It is ecologically the best.

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Old November 14th, 2003, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: Sunblock when snorkeling

Thanks for the replies. I will look for the sunblock there.

I already use a special shirt that actually blocks the suns rays when wet. Got it from Sun Chasers on their website. I used it snorkeling 3 times in one day in Peurto Rico and didn't burn anywhere that the shirt covered. I still need protection on face, arms, legs, back of neck. Used 45 spf sunblock everywhere else and still burned a little. The sunblocking of regular material decreases when it gets wet. I've burned right through t-shirst, wet and dry. I've also burned while sitting under a patio umbrella, so we've also bought a special one of those that actually blocks the rays. I'm obviously very fair skinned and I wish I didn't like snorkeling so much - it's my favorite vacation activity.
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Old November 14th, 2003, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Re: Sunblock when snorkeling

You want all over protection then you should get a dive skin. They would be similar to the sunscreen shirt except they are a whole jumpsuit. Altogether better protection than a chemical sunscreen. The most stylish skins can be found at http://www.divegoddess.com/index.html]Divegoddess
Even better would be a thin wetsuit. You would get complete sun protection plus added floatation when you snorkel and thermal insulation. The last 2 would vary with the thickness of the neoprene.
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