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How To Prevent SeaSickness

Seasickness is a form of motion sickness that affects some boat riders, and it is NO fun at all!

Therefore, 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 seasickness, there are things that you can do to help prevent an episode. Here are a few suggestions to help you avoid seasickness on our kayak tours:

  1. Rest. Before you even board the ferry, try to get a good night’s sleep. A body that is well-rested is better able to handle the stressors associated with sea travel.
  2. Stability. Avoid sitting inside in the galley on the ferry ride out to the island. Instead, try to sit outside on the back of the boat. This is the calmest section and helps you stay close to the water line for a smoother ride. (Avoid going in the bathrooms! People tend to think this is a safe spot, but the small room will just make things worse!)
  3. Sit. Do not stand. Standing will have your body in a constant state of trying to maintain balance.
  4. Focus. Keep your eyes focused on the horizon or on a stationary object that is off in the distance.
  5. Don’t read. Reading will have your eyes moving and stimulating signals that can trigger a sudden onset of motion sickness.
  6. Eat. 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.
  7. Hydrate. Dehydration while traveling can aggravate motion sickness. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Dramamine or Bonine. Take 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 them with caution.
How to prevent sea sickness

Think you’re ready to take on kayaking at the Channel Islands? 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 them in the comments section below.

One Comment

Henry Killingsworth

I appreciate the tip you shared about resting before getting on the water so that you don’t get seasick. My wife and I are going to be going on a private boat charter soon. I don’t want to get sick, so I will have to make sure that I get plenty of rest before we go.


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