Sometimes it’s a slow build from the rocking and rolling action of rough seas, sometimes it’s the smells, and sometimes it’s just too much heat. Whatever the culprit that triggers that dreaded response, seasickness can happen to anyone, at any time. It’s not necessarily a regular response that happens every time you go boating … it can be an occasional bout brought on by any number of stimuli. Whatever the cause, it’s not fun!
In the situation that you, a family member or friend experiences sea sicknesses, here are some terrific tips from our friends at www.DiscoverBoating.com to help minimize the impact and get you feeling like your happy self again! There are also some super suggestions you might consider prior to an outing as a preventing measure.
A suggestion from your friends at Emerald Coast Marine … if you’re inviting newcomers to go boating with you for the first time, sharing this tip in advance may help prepare them for a great day on the water!
Seasickness is an uncomfortable physical reaction to motion and it’s the result of mixed messages between the eyes, ears and sensory nerves. What you see may not match what your inner ear is relating to your brain regarding balance, and what your feet are saying you should do to stay upright. Depending on circumstances, seasickness can strike anyone (even those who aren’t usually susceptible) and when it hits, it takes no prisoners.
Seasickness can range from mild feelings of discomfort to uncontrollable nausea and weakness. It’s unpleasant at the very least and on a boat, it can be downright dangerous; however, the good news is that there are ways to minimize the effects of “mal de mer” so your boating can be a happy adventure.
How to Avoid Seasickness
Since vision plays such a part in seasickness, your eyes can help.
Finally, there’s something to be said for mind over matter. If you’re convinced you’ll be seasick, the power of suggestion may just prove you right. Don’t focus on becoming ill and your chances of staying well will increase.
There are a number of do’s and don’ts to follow, for example…
The motion on a boat varies with location. The bow and stern will pitch, roll and yaw more than the middle or the vortex around which the movement is happening. If possible, try to stay amidships, in the calmest section of a vessel. The main deck of a boat moves less than the tall flybridge so stay low because motion is exaggerated the higher you go.
“Stay out of the sun. Becoming overheated can cause seasickness so find a shady spot or consider cooling off by going for a swim if the boat is stationary.
“Since staying upright can be a challenge with all the different signals your body is experiencing, try laying down—specifically on your back. Not only will this clam the inner ear, it may help in case you’re fatigued by the nausea.
There are numerous over-the-counter oral medications that mitigate or even eliminate seasickness altogether. Bonine and Dramamine are two name brands, while the generic of these (that can be significantly cheaper) is called meclizine.
Discuss taking these medications with your doctor prior to your trip to ensure there will be no adverse interactions with whatever meds you may also be taking. Your doctor may prescribe medicine delivered by a scopolamine patch (Transderm Scop). Place the patch on the neck behind your ear but beware that the patch, like meclizine, can cause drowsiness and dry mouth.
Finally, you can opt for a mechanical method via an acupressure wristband. The pressure on the inside of your wrist may be enough to stave off the effects of seasickness and there will be no drug interactions or side effects. These bands are inexpensive, don’t need a prescription and can be purchased in most drug stores.
How you prepare for and start your day of boating is important.
Seasickness is a sneaky condition and you can go from uncomfortable to vomiting to depleted very quickly. A little planning and research can help keep seasickness at bay and positive attitude will definitely help get you through any discomfort so set your worries aside and have fun while boating.