Seasickness: Tips to Maintain Your Fun on the Water

 They say there are two stages of seasickness:

1) Wishing you were alive

2) Wishing you were dead

Seasickness on power boatsThankfully, I have never had to endure being sick while on the water. The only time I have had motion sickness was from a roller coaster. I attended a corporate day at an amusement park recently; it was great, as the park was closed to the general public. The result of no lines was that I could ride the coasters continuously, get off one and walk straight to get on the next one.

Well, that only lasted about eight rides before I started to feel the effects of motion sickness that for all intents and purposes is the same as sea sickness. It is the motion that brings on the “green feeling”. I had the benefit of getting off the ride, but you can’t just get off the boat onto stable footing

There are plenty of remedies, both over the counter and by prescription. Unfortunately, most of those have side effects.

The most common are Dramamine and Bonine. In addition there are patches, Scopolamine worn behind the ear like a tiny Band-Aid, are the most common prescription drugs for seasickness. Scopolamine also comes in pill form. The patches last up to three days, provide time-release doses of the drug, and are usually very effective for preventing nausea.

Ginger is the most common natural remedy, Ginger Ale is the primary form, but can cause heart burn. There are even wrist bands that have a small gumball sized pellet that is to be worn inside the band, applying a pressure point about an inch up the arm from the wrist, that I’ve heard people swear by.

I, for one, don’t want to suffer any side effects of any of the above; the side effects of being dizzy and tired defeat the purpose to me.

From my experience here on the Chesapeake Bay, and offshore, is to NOT go down below and lie down. That will only serve to give you a chance to wish you were dead.

Instead, the best thing is to be above deck in the fresh air. Having the horizon as a reference point will help tremendously.

In addition, do something — steer the boat, fish, or anything that will divert your mind and body from the sickness.

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, even if they won’t stay down, to prevent dehydration.

Just remember that the feelings of seasickness are mostly coming from the mind. So keep that in mind and enjoy being out on the water.

 

About Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson has been working in the marine industry in many capacities from charter fleet operations in the US and British Virgin Islands to managing full service marinas here on the Chesapeake Bay. Visit Scott at www.yachtcareservice.com.

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