Seasickness - What causes seasickness and what can you do about it?

ginger & pillsWhat causes seasickness?

Seasickness is an unpleasant experience. It is caused by the sense of disorientation that comes from the movements of the boat on the water. The stress of not being able to assess these movements increases the secretion of histamine which causes the symptoms of seasickness.


What are the typical symptoms?

It is important to keep an eye out for the symptoms of seasickness in fellow crew members. It is a risk to safety on board and increases the chance of accidents occurring. The symptoms of seasickness are:

  • Paleness in the face
  • Weariness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating


How can I prevent seasickness?

Prevention is always better than a cure, there are several things you can do to reduce the likelihood of seasickness:

  • Try not to spend extended periods of time below deck and get a lot of fresh air
  • Take a forward facing position on the boat and look at the horizon as much as possible
  • Do not do a lot of detailed work such as reading, drawing and writing
  • Eat fresh foods and avoid sickly, fatty meals


What can one do about seasickness?

Always keep plenty of drinking water and warm clothing on board to help those who become affected. There are a few remedies:

  • Ginger - Sailors have used ginger to combat seasickness for years. Fresh ginger, ginger beer and ginger sweets can all help
  • Rest - Lie down with your eyes closed below deck. Closing your eyes can stop conflicting signals being sent to the brain
  • Anti-histamines - It is worth keeping antihistamine tablets on board as they can control histamine levels
  • Wristbands - It is possible to purchase anti-motion sickness wristbands before your trip that rest on the pressure points and relieve symptoms
  • Natural oils - Some natural oils are believed to lessen the symptoms of seasickness when applied to the skin


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