Motion sickness is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. When on a boat, this is referred to as seasickness!
Scientific studies have shown that some people can become seasick just by suggestion. They simply convince themselves that being on a boat will make them ill.
Convince yourself that you're going to be fine and nine times out of ten you'll be just that.
There are many different remedies available and each has its own army of supporters. Ranging from prescription medication to over the counter medication. Patches and wristbands are also all proclaimed by many to help. Drinking grapefruit juice, taking ginger, and Vitamin C are all said to help combat seasickness.
A few hard and fast rules will help minimise the risk
- Don't go out drinking the night before.
- Try to ensure that you get a good night's sleep before the big day (tiredness is one of the main causes of seasickness).
- Try to eat something before you get on board.
- When on board try not to stare down but keep your eyes on the horizon.
- It is a good idea to prepare all rigs etc. before boarding.
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself well hydrated.
- Do not consume alcohol during your trip and do not smoke.
It is known that some people just aren't meant to be on boats, and they suffer terribly with seasickness – but it really is quite rare.
If you are unsure about how you will feel onboard then make your first trip a taster session. Contact us and arrange a short trip consisting of just a few hours.
As the old saying goes, seasickness won't kill you, although you can feel so bad you might pray it would. With this in mind, whilst it is very rare to have to cancel a trip and return to port if an individual is seasick this must always remain an option.