Protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is an important concern for anglers. Not only are you exposed to direct rays, but you can easily suffer harm from rays that are reflected from the water’s surface. Ultraviolet rays are present on cloudy days too, so you need to be vigilant.
Your best protection, given that you are wearing protective clothing, is to apply sunblock lotion at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Sunblock lotions come in different strengths, but for the best protection, choose a factor of at least 15.
Protection from the Sun Fishing Photo Gallery
During spring tides, the current runs up to ten knots and slack water is non-existent, because the current just stops and then immediately runs in the opposite direction. On a normal tide, slack water takes place approximately one-and-three-quarter hours after low water at seahouses harbour, when you can expect about twenty minutes to half an hour of slack water. However the amount of slack varies with the size of tide, as mentioned earlier. It pays to get there early to save a wasted trip, but if you are unsure check the time first with Stan Hall or with one of the other charter boat skippers. Reliable engines are essential when diving Whirls and it is much safer to use two boats, with one as a back up. If the outboard gives trouble in starting and the tide is running, any divers in the water will very quickly disappear into the distance, travelling at a fair rate of knots. Any type of surface swell will be exaggerated three-fold over the top of Whirls and it should be avoided like the proverbial plague. The importance of making people aware of the danger cannot be too strongly emphasised. On a calm day with light westerly winds and neap tides, Whirls is arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, dive sites in Britain. The top of the reef is a dense forest of two- and three-metre kelp stalks and tangleweed.
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