Our guide on how to beat seasickness
The chance of getting seasick may be holding you back from booking a whale watching tour, but fear not! We have created this guide on how to prevent seasickness on your whale watching cruise.
Why do we get seasick?
Seasickness or motion sickness occurs when the brain is confused by conflicting sensory information. Your brain receives signals from motion-sensing parts of your body: your eyes, inner ears, muscles and joints. When your brain is confused, this is when seasickness begins.
An example of this when on a boat:
- Your eyes see waves moving
- Your inner ears sense movement
- Your muscles and joints sense that your body is sitting still.
- Your brain feels a disconnect among these messages.
Symptoms of seasickness
Now you know how seasickness occurs, but how do you know when it is about to happen?
Symptoms of seasickness include:
- Cold sweats
- Lack of concentration
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pale skin
- Rapid breathing
Once you feel the onset symptoms, it is time to act. Your first thought may be to run to the bathroom and wait it out in privacy. In reality, this will make things go from bad to worse. Read on for more tried and tested ways to reduce the risk of seasickness on your cruise.
Reducing the risk
Here are a few tips that can help you reduce the chance of seasickness, which aren’t trapping yourself in a small and stuffy space.
When you begin to feel a little queasy:
– When in motion, look towards the horizon or land rather than the inside of the cabin.
- Stay on the lower decks where the boat’s centre of gravity is most stable. The higher you go, the more you will rock with the vessel.
- Some people find that closing their eyes is the best way to eliminate sensory confusion.
- Step out and take a breath of fresh ocean air. Our vessels have plenty of open deck space, making it for a comfortable ride.
The back and bow of our vessel, Spirit of Migaloo II, offer great space for fresh air.
There are preventative measures that can be taken that reduce your chances of getting seasick.
The most tried and true method of avoiding seasickness is motion sickness medication. When taken as directed, this remedy is successful for the vast majority of people. Our preferred product is Travacalm H.O. which comes in a chewable pill form. This product is sold onboard, but we suggest buying your own before your tour as they should be taken an hour before departure for best effect.
Natural remedies in the form of ginger candies or smelling peppermint are also said to alleviate symptoms of seasickness.
Ginger is known for its anti-nausea properties. Ginger comes in many forms, such as ginger tea, candy and raw, which all help combat the symptoms of seasickness. If you aren’t a fan of the taste of ginger, you can pick it up in capsule form from pharmacies and supermarkets.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need further help or advice on how to prevent seasickness.
Candied ginger and raw ginger are known for their anti-nausea properties. (Image courtesy Alamy Stock Photos)