Precautions

1. Take medication 30 minutes before the trip starts (We provide ‘dramamine’ for you at the gas station).

2. Pregnant women not recommended on board.

3. Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation increases the occurrence of motion sickness (according to US navy research) as it interferes with your inner ear balance process.

While on board

Do:

1. Stay close to the middle of the vessel. There’s less motion than the bow (front) and stern (back).

2. Look at the horizon – that’s where the peace is at. Once your brain is on zen mode, it simply suggests the inner-ear to be zen too by keeping balance. Then seasickness feeling can eventually go away.

3. Stick with simple and light diets.


Drink:

– Ginger tea

– Water (lots of water) to avoid dehydration at sea

– Lime/Carrot juice – as it helps contract your stomach

Eat/chew:

- Chewing gum

– Sweets

– Crackers

– Breads

– Bananas

– Green apples

– Cookies

(The repetitive motion of chewing helps relieves symptoms.)

Once seasick:

1. Take deep, and controlled breaths.

2. Use vapor rub.

3. Lay down – this prevents histamine (a chemical in your body making you seasick) from reaching the brain reducing nausea

4. Lean back, lean back – Avoid the temptation to move your head a lot. Keep head movements to a minimum.

5. Sleep through it.

 

Source:

 Konrad, John. “What is Seasickness? And 50 Ways Professional Mariners Tackle It!” Gcaptain. October, 18, 2011. Online. Available:  http://gcaptain.com/seasickness-ways-tackle/ Accessed: July 1, 2013

“Seasickness: Prevention and Treatment” Marine Medical Systems. April, 1998. Online. Available: http://www.marinemedical.com/articles/seasick.htm Accessed: July 1, 2013

“Medical Papers” Seasickness. 2013. Online. Available: http://www.seasickness.co.uk/ Accessed: July 1, 2013

About the author

Pairat Temphairojana (Pai) is working as a journalist in Thailand. It was in 2009 when he first saw blue whales in a whale-watching tour in Alaska – and upon hearing that such majestic creatures like the Bryde’s whales is populating in the gulf of Thailand, he did not hesitate to join as a whale-watching guide in Thailand. He believes that having proper standards and regulations for a safer whale watching activities in the gulf of Thailand is necessary and can lead to a more sustainable tourism for the locals living in the region. Pai will be regularly joining us on board as a field observer and a reporter on our frequent visits to the Gulf of Thailand.

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