Not everyone is meant to be a boatman; I know I have had my own queasy days on the sea. If you are considering a trip out to Channel Islands National Park, keep in mind that there is about an hour of sea travel to get to Santa Cruz Island. If you know you are susceptible to sea sickness, there are things that you can do to help prevent an episode. Here are a few suggestions from our guides to help you avoid sea sickness on our kayak adventure tours:
- Rest. Before you even board the ferry, try to get a good night sleep and have a full breakfast in the morning. A body that is well rested is better able to handle the stressors associated with sea travel.
- Stability. Avoid sitting inside in the galley; choose a seat on the outside upper deck if possible. On the ferry ride out to the Island, try to sit outside on the back of the boat. This is the calmest part of the boat and helps you stay close to the water line for a smoother ride. Also, keep your eyes on the horizon and breathe in the fresh air, both these steps will help calm your senses and help your body adjust to the movement. Avoid going in the bathrooms! People tend to think this is a safe spot, but the small room will just make things worse!
- Sit. Do not stand. Standing will have your body in a constant state of trying to maintain balance.
- Focus. Keep eyes focused on the horizon or on a stationary object that is off in the distance.
- Don’t read. Reading will have your eyes moving and stimulating signals that can trigger a sudden onset of motion sickness.
- Don’t travel on a full or empty stomach. If you start to feel ill, eat some crackers and a carbonated beverage to settle your stomach.
- Hydrate. Dehydration while traveling can aggravate motion sickness. Drink plenty of water.
- Dramamine or Bonine. Take an over-the-counter medication for motion sickness or an over-the-counter antihistamine. Especially if you are a person that knows they are susceptible to motion sickness. These medications can make you drowsy or cause other side effects so use with caution.
Think you’re ready to take on kayaking at the Channel Islands? Want to see if these steps work? Then join us on either one of our two incredible tours exploring sea caves on the Channel Islands: our Sea Cave Kayak Tour, and our Painted Cave Kayak Tour.
If you have any personal experience/tips on avoiding sea sickness please list it in the comment section below