Sunguarding – Archery

Sun protection guidelines for those participating, spectating, or working in sport or outdoor recreation. The following specific tips and advice have been verified by Professor Brian Diffey, and approved by Archery GB.


  1. Apply a broad-spectrum product with an SPF of 30 or higher – paying special attention to your ears, nose and other areas which are prone to burning.
  2. Using a sunscreen applicator or a keeping a small towel handy, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing.
  3. Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating or simply working hard!
  4. The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, organise or attend shooting outside of these hours, particularly on clear, sunny days.
  5. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start and keep hydrated before, throughout and after your time in the sun.
  6. Remember to wear a hat. Your forehead, scalp and ears are vulnerable areas, so be sure to protect them; wide-brimmed hats are the most ideal.
  7. Wear wraparound sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from all angles, helping avoid sun glare whilst aiming.
  8. Wear clothing that protects arms and legs.
  9. Whilst spectating or waiting to shoot do so in a shaded area out of direct sunlight. On a field or 3D course, use trees to provide shade or set a gazebo or similar structure.

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