Sun Safety at the Pool

Splashing around at an outdoor pools is a fun summer activity for the whole family.

Be a Sun Smart Lifeguard

Splashing around at an outdoor pools is a fun summer activity for the whole family.

Outdoor pools are important sites for sun safety because people are likely to visit during the Critical Protection Period when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

And the nature of the activitiy (swimming) means that people are more likely to be wearing minimal clothing.

Reflected UVR is also a consideration at pools because the sun’s rays reflect off of surfaces around the pool like water and the concrete pool deck.


Take care of your eyes and skin when enjoying a day at the pool!

Lifeguards are Outdoor Workers

Lifeguards at outdoor pools face sun exposure as an occupational hazard.

Summer sunburns and tans made fade away in the fall, but the UVR damage remains.

Outdoor workers are up to 2.5 – 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer.

Outdoor workers are also at risk for developing heat stress, especially when they’re younger workers as lifeguards often are.

A Sun Smart survey found that lifeguards, while generally aware of sun safety behaviours, have a competing interest in getting a tan while working over the summer.

Policy and Design

Outdoor pools can protect lifeguards through the policies, procedures and structures in place.

A sun safety policy can be incorporated into a broader occupational health and safety plan.

For resources and information about creating a sun safe environment for lifeguards at outdoor pools, visit

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Education and Behaviour

Education and awareness for lifeguards is important to reinforce personal protection methods and normalize sun safety for lifeguards.

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