How to overcome seasickness?


Have you ever fallen to thinking that the fear of seasickness becomes a crucial argument for some people when they decide whether “To Be or Not to Be”, to ship out or to refrain from sailing at all. Because of this very barrier some potential yachtsmen can’t bring themselves to step on board and admit that feeling of excitement and thrill! Most frequently it applies to those who have already experienced similar symptoms for example in transport or an amusement park. The crew of Jazz Yachting decided to share their experience and give you some valuable effective pieces of advice about getting over inconveniences and having fun to the fullest while yachting.

  • Don’t dwell too much on it! Going in with a negative attitude you may provoke seasickness in advance. Try to distract yourself with music turning on your favorite playlist or talk to your friends.
  • Never go out to sea if you are hungry! You shouldn’t examine rumours that you won’t get seasick on an empty stomach, – it’s not true! You shouldn’t either overeat, just have a usual portion of your meal. “The sea loves the strong and the strong must eat properly!” be said.
  • Get enough sleep before your sailing. Tiredness weakens protective functions of your organism and diminishes the immunity. Therefore, it’s harder for the vestibular system to keep the situation under control.   
  • Try to minimize the consumption of high fat food, fizzy drinks and alcohol. The best thing would be to eat citrus plants, drink juice, water and lemonade on board. Ginger added to a cup of tea or water helps a lot in a fight against seasickness.
  • Breathe in essential oils of mint, mandarins, clove or ginger that help to take away giddiness and nausea. You can put them on your wrists and neck.
  • While a yacht is in motion, stay on deck. Don’t go down into enclosed space of a cabin or a salon. When you see immovably fixed things, but your vestibular apparatus feels tossing and rolling, there appears an internal conflict. The organism doesn’t understand what’s happening and perceives sensation as intoxication.   
  • Defend yourself to the sun. Overheat and a sunstroke aren’t the best companions in a  trip! Put on a headdress, settle in the shadow and don’t forget about your sunscreen!
  • Try to disregard, close your eyes and think about something pleasant. Fresh air and meditations are guarantees of well-being and peace of mind! Breathe in the rhythm of the yacht: the deck goes down – breathe in, the deck goes up – breathe out.

It might be interesting for alternative medicine practitioners that there’s a acupressure point on the left wrist that is responsible for seasickness. Pushing on it makes you feel better and reduce the manifestation of unpleasant symptoms.    

However,whatever good and tried our suggestions are, seasickness may appear anyway. Don’t panic! Follow our instructions and you’ll get back to normal gradually.

  • First thing, tell the skipper how you are feeling. He’ll make every effort so that you get better. You shouldn’t be shy, anybody may suffer from such symptoms.
  • Stand at the wheel for a while. Watching the horizon and concentrating on the course you’ll forget about malaise and nausea soon. Go deal with sails or just swim if you’re not very good at it. It’s going to help to divert and freshen up.      
  • Are you still feeling not well? Put yourself in the horizontal and close your eyes. It’s easier to relax and think about something good in this position. It would be the best thing to fall asleep until you stop feeling seasick.   

If the above-mentioned methods don’t seem credible to you, there’s still one guaranteed way to prevent seasickness – to take travel pills. And we have more than enough of them in our first-aid kit. Pay attention that you must take them in advance, a half-hour or hour before going out to sea. Furthermore, don’t forget about side-effects – drugs may cause apathy and drowse. So if it’s more important to you to be cheerful and vivacious, we recommend you to check our “home-grown” methods first.

There’s also good news – the vestibular apparatus exercises and get used to tossing. Thus you’ll completely forget about what it is most probably in 2-3 days.  

And the best for last, take a look on yacht skippers. Can you imagine that they have ever felt seasick as well?