Mark Twain famously described the psychological effects of seasickness as follows:“at first you are so sick you are afraid you will die, and then you are so sick you are afraid you won’t die.”
Scubafish staff have all at some time experienced seasickness, whether it be themselves, or one of their divers not quite making it and vomiting over our fins. “Sufferers” really do suffer, becoming as weak as (and often mewling like) a kitten, and the grey-greenish pallor which spreads over their faces foretells of the unpleasant events to come!
Seasickness is a sensory conflict whereby our brain and inner ear perceive movement which does not match. Our inner ear senses us moving (much like a spirit level), but our brain sees the objects around us remaining still so thinks we are not.
There are a number of remedies available if you think you may suffer from seasickness, and most are preventative as opposed to cures so take them early!
- As strange as it sounds you are more likely to feel sick on an empty stomach so try to eat something non-greasy
- Seasickness tablets – Scubafish carry free seasick tablets on our boats and the host will offer these out as soon as you get on the boat – don’t be shy!
- Wristbands – there are a number of types of accupressure wristbands available commercially.
- Ginger – many people swear by ginger root, ginger ale, ginger capsules or gum as being effective in keeping this malady at bay.
- Patches – transdermal patches which can be worn behind your ear are also touted for the efficacy.
Treatment and Handy Hints from the crew:
Good seasickness etiquette