Preventing seasickness is a two-step process: first, planning and preparing for your trip, and second, what to do when you leave. Sick on a boat? No problem! Lussier's Marine Assistance program provides you with the help you need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
First, research the type of boat that’s most appropriate for the route you'd like to take. For shorter trips, you may have no choice but to choose a smaller boat, but in many cases there are a variety of boat types and sizes available. Larger boats are generally more stable, making them the best option available for those prone to seasickness.
Assuming, of course, that you have a choice, another important detail in preventing seasickness is the time of day you launch your boat. Generally, during certain times of the year, there are stronger winds that disappear at night. Ideally, this is the best time to sail. It is important to get a good night's sleep before setting sail, while being well hydrated before your trip. Avoid going out on your boat after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and/or coffee.
On your Boat
Regardless of the size of your boat, an effective way to prevent seasickness is to have fresh air on deck rather than going down to an isolated cabin. If you need to be inside, the center of the ship, near the waterline, is the most stable area - that's where you'll experience the least amount of roll (left to right), up and down and yaw (side-to-side direction changes).
When on deck, stay in the center of the boat or move forward if engine fumes are a problem. Don't be tempted to go higher than the main deck, as the motion of the ship will be higher.
Controlling your breathing and keeping your mind busy can also be a big help - combined with relaxing into the motion of the ship, it helps to survive even the most difficult trips!
I Got Sick On Board, Can my Broker Help me?
Lussier's Marine Assistance Program is at your disposal. Our health assistance service gives you access to a team of registered nurses who offer telephone assistance on medical and general questions. Our team also offers information on wellness, natural medicine, healthy eating, healing processes, and many other medical issues throughout the year.