Few things can ruin a snorkeling or diving trip faster. The truth about seasickness is that studies show that at some point we all get seasick. Some of us get seasick every time we go out on a boat. There’s a good amount of science behind the reason why, but the Cliff Notes version is that your feet are trying to convince your brain that you’re on solid ground but you’re rocking to and fro like a piece of playground equipment. The result? Seasickness. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to stave off the effects of seasickness. Here are just a few of them.
Look Ahead. Way Ahead.
One of the biggest causes of seasickness just happens to be one of the easiest to fix. If you’re staring at your phone nonstop on your boat ride out to the dive site don’t be surprised if you get sick. It’s like reading in a car. You’re focusing on something right in front of you, but meanwhile, the objects in your peripheral vision (like waves) are bouncing all over the place, messing with your equilibrium and causing sickness. Instead, try to stand in the center of the boat, where you won’t bounce as much, and focus on the horizon, which should remain pretty still.
Have A Coke And A Smile.
Coca-Cola contains phosphoric acid, which is a common ingredient in many anti-nausea medications. Drinking a coke before you hop on the boat should help calm your stomach on the ride out.
Wear Some Jewelry.
For many, curing seasicknesses is as simple as wearing a bracelet. They’re sold in most drug stores, and they’re designed to apply pressure on the wrist in a vital spot that’s supposed to fix your nausea.
This one is kinda a no-brainer. Dramamine usually works for most people, but make sure you read the label carefully as there can be some side-effects (trust the author on this one).
Go Easy On The Booze The Night Before.
If you’re planning to dive in the morning, take it easy on the cocktails the night before. Even the mildest of hangovers can graduate into full-fledged seasickness once you’re in the boat (trust the author on this one, too).