Sailing can be an exciting and adventurous experience, allowing you to explore new places and see things from a different perspective. It also provides a peaceful and relaxing experience that promotes a disconnect from the stresses of everyday life as you enjoy the tranquility of the open water. However, a few things have the potential to have a negative effect on the sailing experience and one of these is seasickness.
Seasickness is caused by the motion of a boat on the water, which can cause confusion in the inner ear that leads to feelings of nausea and dizziness. Additionally, the visual information the eyes receive from the constantly moving environment can also contribute to the sensation of seasickness. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to avoid getting seasick while on a sailing tour:
- Get plenty of rest before your trip and avoid alcohol and heavy meals the night before.
- Stay on deck and look at the horizon. This can help to stabilize your vision and reduce the sensation of motion.
- Take over-the-counter medication, such as Dramamine or Bonine, before setting sail.
- Keep fresh air circulating by opening windows or using a fan.
- Distract yourself by reading, playing games, or talking to other passengers.
- Try using acupressure bands, which are worn around the wrists and exert pressure on the P6 acupressure point.
- Consult your doctor for prescription medication options if the over-the-counter medication doesn’t work for you.
It’s important to note that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another, so it may take some experimentation to find what works best for you. Kai Kanani offers tours designed to introduce you to the beauty of South Maui. Please feel free to reach out to us for more information on getting the most from your sailing adventure.
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