Sun Safety Tips
Sun Safety Tips @ Jamberoo Action Park
Jamberoo Action Park is NSW’s largest family-owned and operated water theme park. There is something for everyone, and you could spend hours outdoors, enjoying all kinds of water rides and attractions.
We encourage all guests to adopt a Sun Safety mindset when planning or visiting the park. The sun is strongest between November and March and we urge guests to adopt the following approaches when enjoying your day out:
Plan Your Day
It can take as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure for sunburn and skin damage to occur. UV radiation levels are strongest in the middle of the day so plan to be outdoors before 11 am or after 3 pm in daylight saving time – or before 10 am and after 2 pm during the rest of the year.
To assist reduce your exposure to the sun and sunburn, please read through the below Sun Safe information.
Seek out Shade or Bring your Own
When you’re outdoors, stay in the shade wherever possible. Jamberoo Action Park is situated on 40 hectares of landscaped gardens and wooded areas, providing plenty of shade opportunities throughout the park. There are also numerous free-of-charge shade structures surrounding Billabong Beach play area and outdoor umbrellas in and around the many food and beverage outlets, providing shaded seating.
In peak periods shade becomes a premium so you are welcomed to bring your own shade structure, including pop up beach sunshades and shelter structures. Sunshades and shelters with pegs and ropes are not allowed as they can cause potential trip hazards. All shelters brought into the park must be erected only on grass areas away from the main walk and pathways.
If you would like the peace of mind and convenience of a sturdy, ready to go shelter, there are a variety of Shelters and Huts available for hire at Jamberoo Action Park. Some huts even have their own coin-operated BBQ’s located within them! To book a Shelter or Hut contact the park on 02 4236 0114 or visit Shelter and Hut Hire click here. These shelters are subject to availability, so book early for your family or group to avoid disappointment.
Dress Sun Smart
There are lots of cool, comfortable and fashionable clothes that offer sun protection, but they have to cover the skin to protect it. If you’re wearing shorts, go for knee-length. Always select loose-fitting clothes made from fabric which blocks the light and UV rays.
Rash vests are sold in all sizes and when teamed with long shorts are sun-sensible swimwear solutions. Look for vests that have an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) level on their tags. The higher the number, the greater the protection from UV radiation. A UPF of 50+ gives the best protection.
Appropriate UPF swimwear must be worn at all times when using water rides in the Park. Appropriate UPF swimwear materials are made from nylon, tricot, spandex, lycra, and acetate. Non-UPF Swimwear that cannot be worn when using water rides in the Park includes brassieres and panties (also known as knickers), briefs, boxer shorts, and boxer briefs, bikini underwear, thongs, etc.
Headwear should be worn whenever you are outside and provide protection to the face, neck and ears and where appropriate. Broad-brimmed hats should have a brim at least 7.5 centimetres wide. Bucket style hats should have a 6-centimetre brim. Legionnaire style hats should have a flap that covers the neck and meets the sides of the front peak to provide protection to the sides of the face.
A much-loved fashion accessory that protects eyes from UV radiation damage. The best styles are close-fitting wraparound sunglasses that stop UV radiation rays from getting in from the side and meet the Australian Standard AS1067.
A very important sun protection strategy, however, it does not offer 100 percent protection from the sun. To get the most protection, sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outside. Use broad-spectrum SPF30+ water-resistant sunscreen on areas not protected by clothing. Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or more frequently if you are swimming, sweating or towelling off while enjoying the rides and attractions here at the Park.
*Due to Ride Manufacturers Guidelines, for guest safety purposes, many sun safe items are prohibited on rides here at Jamberoo Action Park. Items include loose clothing, hats, caps, sun visors, sunglasses, glasses not affixed by an approved optical glass strap.
You should take all precautions possible to ensure you remain as protected from the sun whilst waiting in queue lines. This would include applying appropriate sunscreen and remaining as hydrated as possible prior to joining a queue.
Remain Hydrated and Rest Frequently
The enjoyment and participation of outdoor activities can create an opportunity for your body to dehydrate.
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. You are recommended to consume as much water as possible to offset any effects of dehydration of your body. Young children dehydrate quickly in hot weather conditions and care and supervision should be exercised to ensure that this does not occur.
Throughout the day take the time to rest regularly in the shade as this helps the body regulate any loss of fluid by perspiration.
Discuss Sun Exposure with your GP
In the summer season, the sun here at Jamberoo Action Park can be intense and caution should be taken when spending long periods of time outdoors. Any sun exposure enough to cause tanning will increase your risk of skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin.
If you are taking medication it is important that you consult your Doctor concerning the chances of photosensitization occurring. Photosensitization is an increased sensitivity to sun exposure, it is a possible side effect of certain medications, including certain kinds of antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants.
For further information about Sun-safe activities visit the NSW Cancer Council website click here.