?There’s a direct link between how seriously
facilities take sun safety for swimmers and staff and the
likelihood that guards will protect their own skin,
according to research published in the skin-health journal
Archives of Dermatology. The information was
collected via survey over a two year period from 700
lifeguards, ages 15 to 60, many of whom were part of the
sun safety program called Pool Cool.
Dawn M. Hall of Emory University found that
approximately 60 percent of these guards wore sunblock and
identified a direct relationship between sun-safe behaviors
as a social norm among fellow staff members and
supervisors, and use of sun protection.
However, there’s still room for improvement.
The study also found that less than 50 percent of
participants typically wore shirts with sleeves or tried to
stay in the shade.