How to Avoid Sea Sickness

Every recreational mariner knows boating is not always fair sailing and calm seas. 


If the boat’s a-rockin’, you or your passengers might be reeling … from seasickness. When you’re looking forward to getting out on the water, there’s nothing worse than feeling nauseous and dizzy, but fortunately, you can avoid motion sickness. Here’s some tips from WebMD to avoid seasickness the next time you’re afloat.


  1. Relax. Find something to focus on, whether it’s taking deep breaths or counting backwards from 100. Closing your eyes can help, too. 
  2. Look at the horizon.
  3. Avoid alcohol. Eat lightly before going out on a boat, but don’t fast.
  4. Breathe fresh air -- and don’t smoke.
  5. Avoid reading.

Medications can help. Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) is an over-the-counter antihistamine, used to ease allergies, but also helps with balance. Take the first dose about an hour before traveling. More doses are taken every four to six hours. Others available at your local drug store include Cyclizine (Marezine, Marzine, Emoquil), Meclizine (AntivertBonine) and Promethazine (PhenadozPhenerganPromethegan). Prescription medications dispensed through a patch worn behind the ear are also effective. 


All have side effects, including drowsiness and dry mouth.


Seeking a natural remedy? Some people find relief with raw ginger, but if you’re taking blood thinners, consult with your doctor first. Or pop a peppermint: its aroma, with its calming properties, may soothe you.


Motion sickness usually stops when you get off the boat, but consult your physician if you still experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting or dizziness once you’re back on land.