How Not to Get Seasick on a Charter

how not to get seasick

It happens way too often that we get a brand new crew, wicked excited to try fishing for the first time, and one person can’t stop throwing up the second we leave the dock.  If we get all the way out there and the seasickness starts then (for a lot of people it’ll begin 2 hours into the trip), that’s even worse, because going back to the dock would take up half the day.  Luckily, there’s ways to be prepared for potential seasickness so that your day doesn’t have to be ruined.

What are the symptoms of seasickness?

They’re not fun.  While seasickness isn’t exactly a serious condition, it seems pretty severe when you feel nauseous, dizzy, have a massive headache, and maybe even faint.

Science shows that some people become seasick just by hearing the suggestion (and basically convince themselves they feel it until their bodies produce the symptoms), while others are actually inclined to motion sickness.  The symptoms are caused by the visual disorientation you experience when you’re rocking on a boat.  That’s why they get worse in bad weather.

Great, now you know how it works.  But what to do if you actually get it?  We’ve picked up a few tips on The Kelly Ann over the years about how not to get seasick.

1. Over the Counter Drugs

Dramamine and Bonine are the most popular and effective.  They work INCREDIBLY well, but they’ll also knock you into a near coma-like state about 45 minutes after taking them.  I advise everyone to bring them just in case the nausea gets that bad, but ideally you find a different workaround.  Dramamine does sell a non-drowsy formula, but it doesn’t have any of the properties that really make Dramamine work (it’s basically just a ginger candy).

2. Stay on the Deck

So many people get sick and head downstairs to lay down.  Unfortunately, being down in the berth makes the symptoms way worse.  If you stay in the fresh air, you’re likely to at least not get worse.  A lot of people say staring at the horizon helps a lot because it’s the only thing that’s not moving.

3. Drink Ginger Ale, Coke, or Pepsi

These drinks help contain nausea due to the phosphoric acid in them.  Having a small bite to eat (nothing greasy; dry chips or crackers are usually good) can help with a soda.  Seltzer water is also good.

5. Drink a Beer

If you drink a beer or two before you even start to feel seasick, it can keep the effects away for the rest of the day.  This is probably because seasickness is often mental and because you’re not focusing on the water as much.  Whatever the case, if it works, we’ll try it!

6. Motion Sickness Bracelets

These are small bracelets with pressure points that you put on before you get on the boat.  Some people swear by them, others say they’re a waste of time.  The pressure point technique only works for some people but it’s worth a shot.

Make sure to stock up on supplies before your charter this summer.  Looking forward to a great season on The Kelly Ann.


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