Seasickness can be a very serious issue when out on the water. Some people never get queasy at sea, while others may feel nauseous just being near the water. When you suffer with seasickness, you are likely to miss out on many water related activities such as boating, sailing, and deep sea fishing. Deep sea fishing is quite the experience both for new fishermen and seasoned fishermen, but seasickness can throw a wrench in the fun every time. Whether you know you get seasick and are looking to avoid dealing with the all the troublesome symptoms, or you’re unsure that going deep sea fishing could lead to you hanging over the side of the boat or not, knowing how to prevent seasickness is useful information you don’t want to miss out on.
Understanding Sea Sickness
So what is seasickness exactly? What causes it? What is the science behind it? Sometimes understanding what is happening with your body can help you get it under control or soothe pain and discomfort in the midst of symptoms. With this in mind, we’re going to unpack what seasickness is before we jump into how to prevent it.
So, what is seasickness? A form of motion sickness or travel sickness, seasickness occurs when you are exposed to repeated unusual movements that irritate the inner ear. While on the water, the rocking, sloshing feeling of the waves beneath you are enough to make you feel dizzy in moments, especially if you don’t have your “sea legs” yet. When experiencing motion sickness, the motion sense of the vestibular system and the motions perceived do not occur visually, leading to confusion and some serious symptoms. In other words, your body is out of balance: what you’re seeing, feeling, and experiencing are not lining up, resulting in a feeling of physical confusion. Symptoms of motion sickness include fatigue, nausea, sweating, developing headache, dizziness, and vomiting. What’s worse, even after vomiting the feeling of nausea likely won’t subside until the motion does.
Whether you’re on a long boat ride or a short one, sensitivity to the motion of the sea, and thus seasickness, can occur. While this condition is not life threatening, it can leave you feeling pretty crummy and potentially ruin your whole trip. This is especially bad news for deep sea fishers, as these trips usually entail a long time out on open water.
Sea Sickness and Deep Sea Fishing
When going deep sea fishing, you and your crew are likely heading out to deep, offshore waters. These waters are usually 30 meters deep (a long way for your anchor to travel!) and well away from the shore. While deep sea fishing, anglers have the opportunity to find and reel in some serious game like mahi mahi, swordfish, snapper, sailfish, and grouper, among others. Unfortunately, when you’re far out on open water, there’s a higher chance of the ocean becoming choppy and unpredictable without much notice at all. One moment you could be floating serenely on placid waters, and the next the boat could be pitching and rocking like mad. To make matters worse, it usually takes about an hour or so to reach prime open water where deep sea fishing can take place. This means that once you’re out there, you’re out there for the long haul. In fact, some deep sea fishing trips can last anywhere from one day to three, or even longer. Imagine getting seasickness and having no hope of relief until you’re back on shore. Sounds like a miserable time, doesn’t it? For this reason, you should take precautions to prevent seasickness long before your excursion on the water even starts.
How to Stop Sea Sickness When Deep Sea Fishing
Luckily for you, there are a number of ways to prevent and cure seasickness before it even starts. Prescription pills, natural remedies, handy accessories, and mind over matter exercises are all ways to get seasickness under control so you can enjoy your time on the water.
There are two prescription options you can obtain from your doctor or as an over the counter remedy: a Scopolamine Patch and a Dramamine Pill. You should talk to your doctor before trying either option to ensure that it is a good choice for you and wholly effective. According to the Mayo Clinic, a scopolamine patch may be able to prevent and relieve seasickness symptoms for up to three days at a time. The patch is worn behind your ear and is often a very effective option.
Dramamine is another prescription option that works to prevent nausea before it starts. It comes as a pill and is most effective when taken a the days before your deep sea fishing trip. This is because the medicine needs to be in your system in order to tackle the motion sickness symptoms before you feel them. Again, talk to you doctor first to see which option is best for you.
Of the natural remedies for motion sickness, ginger has long been a highly trusted herb remedy. You have likely had ginger ale when fighting an upset stomach and have found it to be soothing and effective for even the worst symptoms. Before your fishing trip, stock up on ginger supplements and drinks. These can be found at most grocery and convenience stores as well as drug stores or the doctor’s office.
Sea-Band Wristbands are wearable bracelets designed to help prevent the symptoms of seasickness while out on the water. You can find these useful bracelets online or in stores such as Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. Prices vary depending on the bracelet type and strength you choose. Patrons love the Sea-Band because it is an all natural choice for nausea relief that is also washable and reusable. You’ll enjoy natural relief with no side effects so you can have a great time every time you’re on the water.
Mental Endurance Exercises
For many, seasickness is as much a psychological problem as it is a physical one. Some sources report that 90% of the nausea feeling when seasick is all in your head. In other words, the imbalance you feel is purely mental due to disorientation and disconnect between what you see and what you feel. You can combat these feelings by simply focusing on something besides your symptoms, remaining calm, and practicing deep breathing.
One sure fire way to avoid or relieve seasickness is to move from inside the boat to outside in the fresh,cool air. When you stay in an an enclosed space, your symptoms are likely to get much worse the longer you stay there. When you go outside, the fresh air can help relieve dizziness and make you feel like your head is on straight again.
Now that you know all about seasickness and how to prevent it, we hope that your next deep sea fishing trip will be smooth sailing. Remember, talk to your doctor, take precautions well before your trip, and stay calm even if symptoms arise. There are ways to get them to subside so you can enjoy your trip without any issues. We hope this helps and wish you happy sailing!