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You paid good money for that lunch--don't feed it to the fishes.
Don't believe the bragging of old salts—anyone can get seasick under the right conditions. It's not a sign of moral weakness, so don't be embarrassed. But you can improve your chances of avoiding it:
What About Medications?
Pills: Seasickness pills (Dramamine, Bonine, Marazine, etc.) work for most people most of the time. These are preventatives, not treatments. Start taking them 12 to 24 hours in advance to build up a level of the drug in your system. After you feel queasy, it's too late for a pill to help. Beware of side effects like drowsiness, and stick with what has worked in the past. Don't experiment with new meds—and their side effects—when you'll be diving.
Scopolamine patches: Available by prescription, these seem to work better than pills and have fewer side effects.
Sea Bands: These are elastic wrist bands with buttons that touch purported acupressure points. Some people swear by them. If they work for you, great.
If All Else Fails: Let 'er rip. You'll feel better than if you try to hold it in and it's probably inevitable anyway. A couple of tips:
Warning signs: Chills, cold sweats, persistent burping, headache. On your mark, get set...
Where to go: On deck, to the leeward (downwind) railing, or to the stern. Be sure there's a firm railing to hold on to, as you may feel surprisingly weak. Don't use a toilet or trash can. Ask a deckhand if you have any doubt. You won't be the first.
By: John Francis
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