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A Smooth Sail Ahead: Tips for Beating Seasickness

Sea sickness is a problem that many sailors face and can have a significant impact on their sailing experience. The last thing we want on our sailing holiday is to feel sick, right? So first let’s look at what sea sickness is and secondly, let’s see how we can prevent it in the first place.

Firstly, what is sea sickness? Sea sickness is conflicting signals from the eyes and inner ear are to blame, resulting in dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. In short, it’s a middle ear imbalance.

So, how do we avoid it in the first place? Let’s look at a few preventative measures to avoid it in the first place, because it's easier to avoid than it is to clear it once you’re not well.


  • Get a Good Night's Sleep Before going sailing, you should get enough sleep to avoid getting seasick. Before setting sail, ensure that you get at least seven to ten hours of sleep. You'll feel more energized as a result, and you'll be less likely to get seasick.

  • Eat sparingly Prior to sailing, eating a lot of spicy or heavy food can make you more likely to get seasick. Prior to sailing, light meals like fruit, toast, or crackers are suggested. Seasickness can also be reduced by abstaining from alcohol and caffeine.

  • Keep hydrated By drinking a lot of water before, during, and after sailing, you can lessen your risk of getting seasick. Drink plenty of water and stay away from alcohol and caffeine to avoid dehydration, which can exacerbate symptoms.

  • Sea Sickness Treatment with Over-the-Counter Drugs Sea Sickness treatment with over-the-counter drugs can be effective. Meclizine, Dramamine, and Bonine are a few popular choices. It is essential to read the label and adhere to the prescribed dosage.

  • Get Some Fresh Air Seasickness can be helped by getting some fresh air on the deck. Your inner ear can be realigned and your symptoms can be reduced by taking deep breaths and gazing at the horizon. Ensure that you remain shielded from the sun and wind.

  • Distract Yourself By keeping your mind occupied, you can lessen your risk of getting seasick. Try playing games, reading a book, or conversing with other sailors. Screens and other electronic devices can exacerbate symptoms, so avoid them.

  • Gradually Acclimate If at all possible, try to get used to the boat's motion before setting sail. This can be accomplished by spending time on a docked boat or by taking brief trips on the water. Sea sickness is less likely to occur the more you are exposed to the boat's motion.

Lastly, sailors may find sea sickness to be a frustrating experience. You can have a more enjoyable sailing experience and reduce your risk of getting seasick by following these guidelines. Always pay attention to your body and go to the doctor if you have serious symptoms. Have fun sailing!

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