Safety in the San Diego Sun

This post was written by Heather Parker

June 7, 2015


San Diego Sunset

San Diego.  A wondrous place that feels the warmth of the sun nearly 260 days out of the year. Packed full of hours laying on the beach, tackling one of the many hiking trails, or heading to the zoo for the afternoon with the family. Let’s face it, we all love San Diego and everything it has to offer. But are you taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your families while you’re enjoying those beautiful sunny rays?


 “Here Comes the Sun”


Latest statistics show more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year. Any physician will tell you that greasing up with sunscreen (probably SPF30 and above) before settling down in the sand is the first step towards healthy skin. But it’s not just for lounging at the beach. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to wear sunscreen every time you step outside your door — especially when living in a perpetually sunny city. Like exercise, putting on sunscreen needs to become a part of your daily routine. Here are some tips to help you remember to “screen up” before you head out:

  1. Place your sunscreen in your bathroom next to the toothpaste as a friendly reminder
  2. Set a calendar reminder in your phone or post a sticky note next to the coffee maker
  3. Leave a bottle of sunscreen next to the front door for a quick spritz when you’re on-the-go
  4. Purchase a small travel bottle to keep with you in the car, in your purse or at the office

Whatever helps you remember to remember!


Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

When you rush into the water to cool off, are you mindful of your surroundings? Take a moment before the plunge to check out the waves. Are they larger than normal? Are you confident in your swimming skills? It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Get all the beach safety information you need, including tips for surviving a riptide from the United States LifeSaving Association here.


Knowing Your Sea Creatures


Recent reports show an increasing number of sting rays, jellyfish, and even sharks in the waters of San Diego and with that, comes increased risk. For the most part, our ocean friends are harmless. But being aware in the aquatic environment can make all the difference. Learn more about the potential dangers of fish and sea animals before you head out this summer.


In a consistently sunny city, there are always an unlimited number of outdoor activities to participate in. Some leisurely, some which require more exertion. Staying healthy is an important part of enjoying life’s adventures. Click the button below to take the first step towards a healthy lifestyle and the first step towards relishing in everything our beautiful city has to offer!


San Diego Sports Medicine Executive Health Assessment