Chartering a boat on Sydney Harbour is a fantastic experience that I thoroughly recommend to all. Bias aside, Sydney really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with what is arguably the nicest climate around. Couple this with the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and you have a formula for a wonderful day on the water.
For some of us however, the very idea of leaving dry land makes their stomachs turn, because for some seasickness is a thing. A very real - 'oh my gosh I think I'm going to hurl' thing.
But what if I was to tell you that in most cases sea sickness is something that can be avoided?
Feeling sick at sea is not genetic. Sure, some people feel it worse than other - and more often - but for the most part seasickness is something that can be avoided or at the very least reduced severly, so long as you are prepared.
5 Ways to Avoid Seasickness
The first thing to note is that, as previously mentioned - Seasickness is mostly in your head. There are no genetic markers that suggest you should expect to feel sick so remember that your most powerful ally when tackling seasickness is your own head. Got your self together? Good - now let's look at 5 things you can do to avoid and/or reduce the feeling of seasickness when enjoying your day on Sydney harbour.
Drugs are Good, mmmKay
Sometimes taking drugs can be a good thing - like when you are trying to avoid feeling seasick :)
Two particular drugs, dramamine and scopolamine are specifically designed to help reduce the feelings of sea sickness but need to be taken at least 48 hours before your cruise. Motion sickness tablets can also be effective as they take effect immediately so no prethought is required.
Avoid Bad Smells and General Grossness.
If you are trying to avoid feeling sick then this tip seems obvious, but most people who go on a harbour cruise forget they’re about to encounter the smell of fish, bait, diesel fumes, body odor, cigarettes, food, spilled beer, bad breath and a whole host of nasty smells that are just altogether gross. Obviously you cannot avoid these smells but at the very least you should avoid looking for the source of the smell. In fact I would avoid looking at anything gross. If this includes Dave from accounting then so be it.
You Are What You Eat, But Mostly What You Drink
It goes without saying that you should avoid eating an entire chocolate cake by yourself 5 minutes before the cruise, but apart from being sensible about your diet in the hours leading up the boat cruise you should avoid excessive amounts of both Coffee and Alcohol.
Don't get me wrong, you can drink as much as you like whilst enjoying your harbour cruise just so long as you do it with a clear head. Arriving for your cruise nursing a hangover is a sure fire recipe for seasickness.
Where You Stand or Sit Makes a HUGE Difference.
Getting sweaty is a common sign that seasickness is imminent. The natural reaction is to go inside where the air conditioning is on and the sun is not. Do not do this. Going inside the cabin of a boat rolling around at sea will only serve to make the sea sickness worse. You need fresh air... but don't go near the edge! Wait, what?
Where you stand on the boat really does make a huge difference to your overall feeling when aboard. Standing too close to the bow or the stern means you are feeling every movement of the waves underneath. In fact you are magnifying these movements because of where you are standing! If you are not feeling well you should stand near the centre of the boat.
And don't lay down either!
"How can I breathe when you just told me I can't go below deck, lie down, or stand near the edge of the railing?!"
Practice a little Yoga, think of something else. Whatever works for you to help you control your breathing and just relax. I guess this goes back to my initial point about the power of the brain, but controlling your breathing can have a hugely positive impact on your overall feelings at sea.