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Safe summer charter: how to handle sea hazards
Safe summer charter: how to handle sea hazards

Safe summer charter: how to handle sea hazards

23 May 2023

A summer yacht charter onboard a yacht, with sun-soaked afternoons and refreshing dips in the open ocean, is an idyllic adventure many look forward to. However, there are potential hazards that come along with the marine environment. This includes encounters with sea jellyfish, urchins, and weever fish, as well as the omnipresent threat of sunburn. As a yacht charter expert, I will guide you through the precautions to take and the best practices for treating these minor yet important issues, enhancing your Mediterranean sea experience.

Common summer charter sea hazard: adressing jellyfish stings

Up next is the ethereal jellyfish, a sight to behold, yet a creature to avoid. A jellyfish sting is painful, but knowing the right ‘jellyfish sting treatment’ can mitigate your distress. If stung, rinse the area with seawater (avoid freshwater as it can cause more venom release), remove any tentacles carefully using tweezers, and apply heat or cold pack to reduce pain. In cases of severe reaction, immediately seek medical help.

Sea urchin sting treatment

Sea urchins are often hidden in the sandy seabed and stepping on them can be a painful experience. If you’ve had an unfortunate encounter resulting in a sea urchin spine in your foot, don’t panic. Immediate sea urchin in foot treatment is essential. Start by soaking the affected area in warm water to relieve pain, followed by the careful removal of visible spines with tweezers. However, if spines are deeply embedded or the area becomes infected, seek medical assistance. To prevent such encounters, consider wearing water shoes while swimming and be cautious when walking in shallow waters.

Summer charter sea hazards: how to handle them

Weever fish

Weever fish sting: small creature, big impact

Weever fish, often hidden in the sand, may look harmless, but their venomous sting can cause severe discomfort. If stung, the ‘weever fish sting’ can lead to throbbing pain, swelling, and sometimes, systemic symptoms. The first step is to immerse the affected area in hot (not scalding) water to neutralize the venom. Yet, with worsening symptoms, professional help should be promptly sought.

Guarding against sunburn

Finally, the bright summer sun, while being the essence of a perfect beach day, can lead to serious sunburn. To ‘avoid sunburn without sunscreen’, seek shade during peak sunlight hours, wear protective clothing, and use UV-blocking sunglasses. However, the best defense against sunburn is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, applied generously and frequently.

Summer charter  should be a time of joy and relaxation, not pain and distress. While the hazards mentioned – sea urchins, jellyfish, weever fish, and sunburn – are common, they are also largely avoidable with the right knowledge and precautions. So next time you head out for a beach getaway, remember these tips and stay safe.

Summer charter sea hazards FAQ

  1. What should I do if I step on a sea urchin?
    Immediately remove visible spines with tweezers, soak the foot in warm water and vinegar, and seek medical assistance if needed.
  2. How can I treat a jellyfish sting?
    Rinse the area with seawater, remove any tentacles with tweezers, and apply a hot or cold pack.
  3. What are the symptoms of a weever fish sting?
    Symptoms include intense pain, swelling, redness, and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and vomiting.
  4. Can I avoid sunburn without sunscreen?
    You can reduce sun exposure by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using UV-blocking sunglasses, but sunscreen is still highly recommended.
  5. What should I do if I encounter these hazards on my yacht trip?
    Always keep a first-aid kit on your yacht, avoid touching marine life, stay vigilant, and seek professional help immediately when required.

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About the author: Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or

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